Daily Archives: December 6, 2014

ActivistPost – Factory Chicken Farmer Invites Activists to See the Horrors of his Farm – 6 December 2014

Logo_activistpost-comAlex Pietrowski
Activist Post

Our public food supply is being taken over by corporations which have no qualms about using the most horrifying and inhumane practices in order to increase output and profits. This is a rather new development in the history of farming, and in just a few short years the entire landscape of meat production has turned into something so cruel, and so horrible, that people are becoming outraged.

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Global Internet Freedoms On Decline – Monitoring Group – 6 December 2014

RT logoInternet freedom around the world has tumbled for the fourth consecutive year, with 36 out of 65 assessed countries showing negative trends as more governments resort to repressive measures that stifle online use.

A multiple of factors, including repressive laws, government surveillance and regulatory controls over online discussion are just some of the ways that Internet freedoms are slowly being chipped away, according to a survey by Freedom House, a US-based non-governmental organization.

Of the 65 countries analyzed in the study, entitled ‘Freedom on the Net 2014,’ 19 adopted new legislation that “increased surveillance or restricted user anonymity.”

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Extra 1,000 US Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Next Year – 6 December 2014

RT logoThe US defense secretary Chuck Hagel on a visit to the Afghan capital Kabul has said that up to 1,000 US troops will not be withdrawn from Afghanistan as planned.

The extra troops will cover a temporary shortfall in NATO forces as the vast majority of them leave Afghanistan for good at the end of 2014.

“President Obama has provided US military commanders the flexibility to manage any temporary force shortfall that we might experience for a few months as we allow for coalition troops to arrive in theatre,” Hagel told reporters.

Hagel’s visit, which was unannounced, came just weeks before the official end to the NATO-led combat mission in the country, which began in 2001.The call comes during the worst spike in violence since 2001 and a number of bloody attacks on the capital.

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Steve Lendman – Risking Possible Bloodbath In Palestine – 6 December 2014

StevelendmanPersecuted people take only so much before resisting. What begins slowly can become mass rebellion.

Palestine had two intifadas. Some observers call current unrest the beginning of a third. BDS support targets Israel economically.

From the grassroots. A battle at a time. Achieving important successes. Hitting Israel where it hurts most.

Polar opposite Western complicity. Partnering with Israeli crimes. Atrocities too serious to ignore.

Virtually every imaginable civil and human rights abuse. Against millions of defenseless Palestinians.  Continue reading

US Racial Profiling ‘To Remain At Airports, Border Checks’ – 6 December 2014

RT logoThe Obama administration will continue to allow the Department of Homeland Security to conduct racial profiling at airports and borders, a decision that comes amid high-profile cases of excessive use of police force against minorities.

The White House will permit a large section of the Department of Homeland Security, specifically the Transportation Security Administration and the US Customs and Border Protection, to continue with the controversial practice of racial profiling while selecting who should receive special consideration at border checkpoints and at airports, law enforcement officials told The Washington Post.

READ MORE: Grand jury doesn’t indict NYPD officer accused in chokehold death

At the same time, the new guidelines prohibit federal agencies from basing their investigations on the religious beliefs, national origin or sexual orientation of individuals, tightening up a 2003 Bush administration measure that only mentioned a ban on racial profiling.

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‘Govt Created A Monster’: 1000s Protest Police Violence Across US For 3rd Night – 6 December 2014

RT logoThousands of people in New York and other US cities protested for a third night against the use of lethal force by police against minorities, as prosecutors pledged to consider charges against an officer in the killing of an unarmed black man last month.

The killing of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, who was gunned down in November by a police officer in a darkened public housing stairwell in Brooklyn, is the latest in an avalanche of deadly police actions across the country which many deem racially-biased.

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John Kerry Asks To Delay CIA Torture Report – 6 December 2014

RT logoIn a personal phone call to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Intelligence, Secretary of State John Kerry asked for the so-called torture report to be delayed, arguing it could damage foreign relations and pose risks to US personnel and facilities.

The Chair, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), was due to release the report early next week. Though its contents haven’t been officially discussed, it is believed to be very critical of the CIA’s use of torture – or what it calls enhanced interrogation techniques – on Al-Qaeda detainees and terror suspects held in secret facilities in Europe and Asia under the Bush administration.

What he raised was timing of report release, because a lot is going on in the world — including parts of the world particularly implicated — and wanting to make sure foreign policy implications were being appropriately factored into timing,” an unnamed administration official told Bloomberg News. “He had a responsibility to do so because this isn’t just an intel issue — it’s a foreign policy issue.

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NYPD Cop Who Killed Unarmed Brooklyn Man Texted Union Instead Of Calling Help – 6 December 2014

RT logoThe New York Police Department officer who recently shot and killed an unarmed African American man in Brooklyn did not immediately call for help or report the incident, choosing instead to text a police union representative as the victim died.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced a grand jury will consider charges against the officer responsible for the November shooting.

According to a report by the New York Daily News, these details were revealed by unnamed law enforcement sources, and paint a clearer picture of what happened the night 28-year-old Akai Gurley was killed by rookie police officer Peter Liang in the stairwell of an apartment complex.

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ZeroHedge – The Ferguson Conundrum Solved By Community Security – 6 December 2014

Many times in the past I have discussed the concept of what I call the “non-participation principle,” but often people misinterpret what “non-participation” really entails. Such a strategy does not mean an individual activist or group simply refuses to support the system by not using Federal Reserve notes, or not paying taxes, or not buying Monsanto-generated frankenfoods. That kind of thing is all well and good, but ultimately, non-participation means TAKING away power from the corrupt political and financial elite. Sometimes, this is done through force of arms — but not always in the way some might believe.

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