Tempo TV Network Spans Caribbean From Newark Richard Perry/The New York Times Frederick A. Morton, founder and chairman of of Tempo Networks, carries its blend of Caribbean music, travel information, religion and social commentary to 26 islands. A lot of questions come to mind at the four-story brick building on Park Place with all those pictures of on the walls. What is a television network about all things Caribbean that is seen in 26 islands doing in Newark? What made a former corporate lawyer and clerk for a federal judge think he could create a reggae-inflected channel often described as the of the Caribbean?
White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe, despite vows of help WASHINGTON — The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive privilege. In contrast to public assertions that it supports the committee’s work, the White House has ignored or rejected offers in multiple meetings and in letters to find ways for the committee to review the records, a McClatchy investigation has found. The significance of the materials couldn’t be learned. But the administration’s refusal to turn them over or to agree to any compromise raises questions about what they would reveal about the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists in secret overseas prisons. The committee and the CIA declined to comment. The chairwoman, Sen.
Back to the roots - My night in a Zulu village Finally I’m off the plane! After almost a day of traveling, hours of waiting, too many movies and a lack of sleep, I am back on solid ground. Our guide Elmar picks us up and the trip goes on by car. Everything is green, it’s warm.
CIA Torture and the Threat of Dictatorship Only one conclusion can be drawn from the report published in the Washington Post Tuesday giving grisly details of CIA torture of prisoners and systematic lying by government officials to cover it up: the US ruling elite as a whole is guilty of war crimes for which it must be held accountable. The Post report, based on leaks from unnamed “US officials,” describes the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the operation of CIA “black sites”—the secret prisons in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania, Thailand and other countries where prisoners were held for “interrogation,” i.e., waterboarding, sleep deprivation, beatings, stress positions, induced hypothermia and other forms of torture. The article provides only a brief extract of the material compiled in the massive committee report, which the CIA has been fighting for more than a year to suppress.
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America's False History Allows the Powerful to Commit Crimes Without Consequence Journalist Robert Parry working at his desk. (Photo: Consortiumnews.com)Seasoned journalist Robert Parry offers a thoroughly researched account of how the Republican Party and neocons have conspired to creative a false narrative about America's political and constitutional history. In particular, Parry tenaciously documents the accusations that he has pursued for years: that the Nixon campaign undermined peace talks that likely would have ended the Vietnam War in 1968 or 1969 in order to win the presidency; and that the Reagan campaign conspired with the revolutionary Iranian government to ensure that the US embassy hostages were not released before the 1980 election in order to seal Jimmy Carter's defeat. Furthermore, Parry ties together calamitous US foreign policy decisions with the "stolen narrative" that has suppressed the true account of how the neocons and right wing rose to power in the US. Robert Parry: The current conventional wisdom about George H.W.
China and Mongolia clash over how to exploit the Gobi desert The Gobi Desert in East Asia conjures images of a remote landscape, with nomads riding across the steppe. In fact, today it is home to herders and farmers, the world’s fastest-growing economy, vast copper and gold mines and is China’s main domestic energy source. The imagined expanses and agro-pastoral livelihoods exist alongside mountains of coal, modern cities, desert agriculture and environmental challenges to its viability and future well-being. James Mitchell: 'I'm just a guy who got asked to do something for his country' Dr James Elmer Mitchell has been called a war criminal and a torturer. He has been the subject of an ethics complaint, and his methods have been criticized in reports by two congressional committees and by the CIA's internal watchdog. But the retired air force psychologist insists he is not the monster many have portrayed him to be.
MIT Senseable City Lab Understanding and promoting urban tree cover has never been more important. Increasing a city’s tree canopy contributes to lowering urban temperatures by blocking shortwave radiation and increasing water evaporation. Creating more comfortable microclimates, trees also mitigate air pollution caused by everyday urban activities. Oliver Stone on the Untold U.S. History from the Atomic Age to Vietnam to Obama’s Drone Wars This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We turn now to the untold history of the United States. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone has taken on three American presidents in JFK , Nixon and W. Big bucks to ensure perpetual war: The new American oligarchs There is literally nothing about the war on terror that isn’t or hasn’t been an inside scam. From Iraq’s missing billions to no-bid government contracts that funneled nearly $40bn of taxpayer money into Dick Cheney’s Haliburton alone, America’s endless war has enriched a select few at the expense of the US Treasury - like had the investment banker titans of the 20th century, and the robber barons the century before that. Paul Krugman, a Nobel prized economist, once quipped that, “America is a country that has gone from a country that made stuff to a country that makes stuff up.” While Krugman was specifically referring to economic inequalities, the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the top, caused by Wall Street “financial engineering”, his quip could equally apply to America’s burgeoning homeland security-industrial-complex. The US federal budget now allocates more than $60bn to homeland security. This is a whopping 300 percent increase on 2001 spending.
Justice, revenge, and the law after Osama bin Laden By David Jenkins On 2 May 2011, as news spread that a US Navy SEAL team had killed Osama bin Laden, Americans across the country erupted in spontaneous celebrations. Cameras showed the world images of jubilant crowds in Washington, DC and at New York City’s Ground Zero, reveling in the long-awaited payback against America’s nemesis.