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Howard Zinn’s History of Hate Howard Zinn, who died of a heart attack last week at the age of 87, was a scholar of extraordinary influence. Indeed, few academicians did more than the late Boston University professor to poison the minds of so many young Americans with a vulgar narrative of history in which the United States was forever cast as the villain. The author of more than twenty books, Zinn was best known for his 1980 publication of A People’s History of the United States. Though its first press run consisted of a mere 4,000 copies, by 2003 the book had topped a million sales over the course of multiple editions. On this count, Chomsky was correct. Zinn’s portrayal of America, the world’s standard-bearer for capitalism, reflected his deeply held conviction that free-markets breed greed, vice, and suffering. “I wanted my writing of history and my teaching of history to be a part of social struggle. “There’s no such thing as a whole story; every story is incomplete. “So what?

Artists install massive poster of child’s face in Pakistan field to shame drone operators By Tom BoggioniSunday, April 6, 2014 17:40 EDT An artists collective has unfurled a massive poster showing a child’s face in a heavily bombed area of Pakistan in the hopes that it will give pause to drone operators searching the area for kills. According to #notabugsplat, named after the description given to kills on the ground when viewed through grainy video footage, the artists – with help of villagers – unfurled the giant poster in a field in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan. The hope is that it will increase awareness of drone operators of human cost, or ‘collateral damage’, when drones are used to attack targets on the ground. The massive poster is also large enough to be captured by satellites collecting landscapes for online mapping sites. #notabugssplat claims the installation was done with the help of artists associated with French artist JR’s ‘Inside Out’ movement.

Obama's itchy trigger finger on drone strikes: what happened to due process? | Peter Van Buren Terrorism (ter-ror-ism; see also terror) n. 1. When a foreign organization kills an American for political reasons. Justice (jus-tice) n. 1. When the United States Government uses a drone to kill an American for political reasons. How’s that morning coffee treating you? While you’re savoring your cup o’ joe, imagine the president of the United States hunched over his own coffee, considering the murder of another American citizen. Through what seems to have been an Obama administration leak to the Associated Press, we recently learned that the president and his top officials believe a US citizen – name unknown to us out here – probably somewhere in the tribal backlands of Pakistan, is reputedly planning attacks against Americans abroad. Supposedly, the one thing that’s held up sending in the drones is the administration’s desire to make sure the kill is “legal”. Last May, Obama gave a speech on the subject. Short-Term Questions The answer is: we don’t know. Not the First Time

Circle of Stories . Storytellers . Corbin Harney Read and listen to “The Water Song” story Biography: The Bear Goes Hungry When Corbin Harney was a boy, he would run away from the missionary school where he was forced to sit and listen to a language he did not speak or understand. The children were punished for talking to each other in their own native tongue. Having lost his parents when he was a baby, he came to live with his uncle who gave him the choice of staying in school or going off into the mountains to learn to survive on his own. Corbin took two horses and went into the hills of Idaho to live off the land his people had called home for centuries. Today, Corbin Harney is a spiritual leader, healer and internationally known indigenous rights and anti-nuclear weapons activist. At 83 years old, you can find Corbin living what he calls “the Nature Way,” swinging a sledge hammer while directing the construction at Poo Ha Bah, his traditional healing center outside of Death Valley, California. Tribe: Western Shoshone (The Newe)

Drone killings case thrown out in US | World news A US federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the government by the families of three American citizens killed by drones in Yemen, saying senior officials cannot be held personally responsible for money damages for the act of conducting war. The families of the three – including Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born militant Muslim cleric who had joined al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate, as well as his teenage son – sued over their 2011 deaths in US drone strikes, arguing that the killings were illegal. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the US district court in Washington threw out the case, which had named as defendants the former defence secretary and CIA chief Leon Panetta, the former senior military commander and CIA chief David Petraeus and two other top military commanders. "The question presented is whether federal officials can be held personally liable for their roles in drone strikes abroad that target and kill U.S. citizens," Collyer said in her opinion.

Targeted killing, wikipedia Targeted killing is the premeditated killing of an individual by a state organization or institution outside a judicial procedure or a battlefield. Targeted killings were employed extensively by death squads in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Haiti within the context of civil unrest and war during the 1980s and 1990s. Targeted killings have also been used in Somalia, Rwanda, and in the Balkans during the Yugoslav Wars. Currently the US government practices targeted killings semi-publicly, as with the killing of Osama Bin-Laden and Al-Awlaki. Targeted killings have also been used by narcotics traffickers. Early History[edit] In Central and South America[edit] The United States Department of State's Human Rights Report in 1994 decried such killings, noting that in Haiti, "right-wing thugs, closely allied with the military, assassinated the legitimately appointed justice minister and conducted many other targeted killings By drug cartels[edit] In Somalia and Rwanda[edit] Background[edit]

Classified Woman | The Sibel Edmonds Story | A Memoir » Rand Paul Joined By Grassley In Fight To Release Memo Justifying Drone Strikes On US Citizens Alex Jones Former Justice Department lawyer argued for right to kill AmericansSteve May 8, 2014 Senator Rand Paul is winning support in the fight to release controversial Justice Department memos pertaining to using drone strikes against American citizens. Today Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said that he is also calling on the Senate to block the nomination of David Barron, the author of at least one of the memos, to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals by the Obama administration. In his role as a lawyer at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, Barron wrote a memo, and may have had a hand in at least nine others, that argue there is a legal right to target American citizens overseas with drone strikes. “This nomination cannot go forward unless this body – every member of this body – is given access to any and all secret legal opinions this nominee wrote on this critical issue,” Grassley added. Tags: drones Print this page.

US drone strikes listed and detailed in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen Spies in the sky. Click image to embiggen Are drone attacks becoming the face of modern warfare? The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has collected the comprehensive database of reported drone attacks. It shows hundreds of attacks: up to 337 in Pakistan, largely along the tribal areas of Waziristan, especially in the northern part - something which becomes very obvious in the chart below. Plus there are another 35-45 recorded in Yemen and up to nine in Somalia. The data also records the number of deaths, which could be up to 3,247 across the three countries, including up to 852 civilians. Drone strikes interactive map. It comes as the MoD decides to start developing a new generation of armed drones for use in strikes across the world. For the first time, the TBIJ have released its full data as a spreadsheet, for you to download via the Datablog. Download the data • DATA: download the full spreadsheet NEW! • Facts are Sacred: the power of data (on Kindle) More open data World government data