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‘We've dug ourselves a really deep hole’ – David Neiwert on the rise of the far right | World news | The Guardian
“I mean, Trump’s all about ‘make America great again’. It’s this idea that this American exceptionalism will never die. And it has to die,” he says. He looks out of his window once more, over a neighbourhood partly buried under the glass, steel and concrete of the gentrifiers.

“It has to die because it’s killing us.”

Brexit Nostalgia - Fintan O'Toole
USA  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  Neo-Nazi  neonazi  nazi  nationalism  patriotism  antisemitism  conspiracy  theory  authoritarianism  demagogue  neoliberalism  democracy  1%  media  history  9/11  extremism  Rechtsextremismus  Rechtsruck  Brexit  AfD  PEGIDA  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  GOP  Republican  American  Dream  post-racial  America  exceptionalism  MAGA  nostalgia  book 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
(9595) Welcome to Fascism: A Look at the Terrifying Gestapo Tactics Used by ICE - YouTube
ICE is under homeland security, thus all people deemed terrorists. ICE is post 9/11 org. No great under Obama, Trump escalated it.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  ICE  fascism  alt-right  right-wing  far-right  immigration  gwbush  Terrorism  9/11  BarackObama 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Junta lite: how generals and billionaires took over Trump's militarized America | US news | The Guardian
A government of billionaires and generals [...] This country has, in other words, been militarized in all sorts of ways, both obvious and less so, in a fashion that Americans once might not have imagined possible. [ Police w military equipment ]
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism
bush on steroids // Shock Doctrine // [taking advantage/exploit self-created crisis and shocks] To get a sense of how the Trump administration will respond to their first crises, it’s worth reading the list in full (and noting Pence’s name right at the bottom).

What stands out in the package of pseudo “relief” policies is the commitment to wage all-out war on labor standards and on the public sphere — which is ironic because the failure of public infrastructure is what turned Katrina into a human catastrophe. Also notable is the determination to use any opportunity to strengthen the hand of the oil and gas industry.

The first three items on the RSC list are “automatically suspend Davis-Bacon prevailing wage laws in disaster areas,” a reference to the law that required federal contractors to pay a living wage; “make the entire affected area a flat-tax free-enterprise zone”; and “make the entire region an economic competitiveness zone (comprehensive tax incentives and waiving of regulations).”
book  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  gwbush  9/11  neoliberal  neoliberalism  crony  Capitalism  self-regulation  regulation  USA  Exploitation 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Saudi Arabia Threatens To Liquidate Its Treasury Holdings If Congress Probes Its Role In Sept 11 Attacks
[...] But the threat is another sign of the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United States. [...] "Obama has been lobbying so intently against the bill that some lawmakers and families of Sept. 11 victims are infuriated. In their view, the Obama administration has consistently sided with the kingdom and has thwarted their efforts to learn what they believe to be the truth about the role some Saudi officials played in the terrorist plot." //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The problem with American Sniper, explained - YouTube
Bush "freedom agenda" // Hollywood and Entertainment Industry always reductive. Truth can never be entertaining. Otherwise it would be a Book with an accompanying Documentary.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Journalist and Former Hostage - Nicolas Hénin by WSHardtalk
Jihad Academy: The Rise of Islamic State Hardcover (2015) by Nicolas Hénin // ISIS is a scam. // ISIS is the symptom. The west won't defeat ISIS if it doesn't take away the fuel that feeds it; authoritarianism, violence (oppression), sectarianism. // Bringing democracy to the world? (aka Iraq War) // Current environment (complex) best breeding ground for radicalisation. // West was not listing to the Syrian people after the revolution. //
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Terror: Wer sind "die", wer sind "wir"? - Kommentar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Worthülse "unsere Werte" [ trotztem bleibt es, jeder fuer sich ] "Unsere Werte", diese Wendung ist derzeit äußerst beliebt - und gefährlich. Denn sie suggeriert Einigkeit, wo keine ist. Das muss und darf nicht so bleiben. [...] "Unsere Werte". Diese Wendung ist seit den Anschlägen en vogue. "Wir geben unsere Werte nicht auf", schrieb die "Frankfurter Rundschau" und änderte die Überschrift später in "Die Freiheit nicht aufgeben". "Wir werden unsere Werte verteidigen!", formulierte "Der Westen", als würden die Redakteure gleich einen halben Tag frei machen, um selbst zu den Waffen zu greifen. //&! Terror von Paris: Der 13.11. war nicht Europas 9/11 - //&! Die Welt is unerklärbar geworden. - //&! Was bedeutet es, wenn auf der Titelseite von "Charlie Hebdo" steht: "Sie haben die Waffen, wir haben den Champagner"? - Terror in Paris: Hedonismus und Hass - //&! &! "Never lose your feelings."
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Jung & Naiv - Kommissar für Menschenrechte über die Situation in...
[ right to privacy ] [ institutional ingrained problem ] // Der Menschenrechtskommissar des Europarats, Nils Muižnieks, war heute zu Gast in der BPK und hat über die Menschenrechtslage in Deutschland berichtet. Hier sind unsere naiven Fragen an ihn zu Ehe für alle, Totalüberwachung, institutioneller Rassismus und Menschenrechte in der deutschen Außenpolitik... und seine Antworten.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Michael Lüders über den Krieg in Syrien - 10.09.2015 - YouTube
- Russia about to support Assad!? If Assad falls, ISIS all across Syria. West Airstrike tactic/offinsive is only for public posturing. And Saudi Arabia is supplying ISIS. And West has a foot in Iran after atom-negotiations. Israel is another political/geopolitical/religious player. And NATO gives green light to bomb PKK which fights against ISIS. ... LOL. // ISIS, Taliban, al-Qaida is made in USA. // Europe pays price for USA foreign policy! trying to export western values and democracy into Middle East. // 20 year civil war in Middle East followed by decades of USA military intervention. // USA training fighter to fight against ISIS and Assad is not working! // Diplomacy is falling short. Especially w current sactions against Russia by West because of Ukraine/Crimea Crisis. // Complexity of situation can not be solved w bombs and military invasion ... // &! - Book - Middle East history.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Remembering 9/11: The Wolf In 'Patriot Act' Sheep's Clothing | Zero Hedge - the hay stack we had pre-9/11 was big enough, they had the information points/red dots regarding coming attacks - but they were not able to act on them. filter them out, screen them, forward them to appropriate actors. // // gov overreach, ineffectiveness, waste, ... // also tax dollar waste. budget is blacked out. no info how big, on what spend, contractors (profiteering), ...
Patriot  Act  Edward  Snowden  9/11  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  surveillance  state  military–industrial  Orwellian  Pentagon  NSA  GCHQ  Five  Eyes  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Boston  Marathon  Bombing  FISA  Court  FISAAA 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
11. September: Bush-Regierung dachte an Atomschlag - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die US-Administration um Präsident George W. Bush zog nach den Attacken auf das World Trade Center in New York und das Pentagon in Washington am 11. September 2001 offenbar auch einen Atomschlag gegen Afghanistan in Betracht. Das sagte der ehemalige außenpolitische Berater von Kanzler Gerhard Schröder, Michael Steiner, der in einem SPIEGEL-Gespräch erstmals von seinen geheimen Unterredungen mit der US-Regierung berichtete. (Lesen Sie das ganze Gespräch im neuen SPIEGEL.) "Die Papiere waren geschrieben", sagte Steiner auf die Frage, ob die USA auch an den Einsatz von Nuklearwaffen dachten, und fügte hinzu: "Sie hatten wirklich alle Möglichkeiten durchgespielt." Schröder und ihn habe nach den Terrorattacken die Sorge umgetrieben, die USA würden "im ersten Schock überreagieren", zumal sich die ganze Administration "regelrecht eingebunkert" habe.
9/11  Dick  Cheney  gwbush  georgewbush  USA  War  on  Terror  Pentagon 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Larry Lessig’s campaign to run as the “Referendum President” & restore representative democracy - YouTube
min 7 campaign finance and party / politician finance - voucher system (tax free, out of your tax, financed by all tax payers, distributed across all). give it to the party and politician/candidate u think will represent u. does what you think is right. 1 man one woman one (voting right 16), company got a voucher. no lobby org got vocher. its the people. // GroKo Germany election Merkel partied in Berlin in-front of her party. No in-front of the people. // 100bn in corporate subsidies per y in USA alone statistic via Kato Institute (liberal think tank) // the internet is both the best it possibly can be and the worst it possibly can be // Americans have no capacity to admit to their mistakes. // &! - Referendum Candidate Lessig Would Consider Biden as VP
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 'collusion' | Law | The Guardian
The largest association of psychologists in the United States is on the brink of a crisis, the Guardian has learned, after an independent review revealed that medical professionals lied and covered up their extensive involvement in post-9/11 torture. The revelation, puncturing years of denials, creates the potential for leadership firings, loss of licenses and even prosecutions. For more than a decade, the American Psychological Association (APA) has maintained that a strict code of ethics prohibits its more than 130,000 members to aid in the torture of detainees while simultaneously permitting involvement in military and intelligence interrogations.
9/11  Torture  Interrogation  national  interest  NSA  CIA  FBI  gwbush  bush  georgewbush  presidency  barackobama  philosophy  USA  populism  manufactured  consent  War  on  Terror  surveillance  state  Orwellian  FISA  Court  Secret  Courts  Patriot  Act  Nationalism  corporate  state  propaganda  media  conglomerate  Lügenpresse  Iraq  War  WMD  al-Qaida  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  Five  Eyes  Intelligence  Agency  Foreign  Intelligence  policy  affairs  UK  Europe  Germany  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Sauerland-Zelle: Mutmaßlicher CIA-Mann war "der Chef" - Panorama | STERN.DE
Die Hintergründe der "Sauerland-Gruppe", die 2007 Terroranschläge in Deutschland geplant haben soll, werden immer mysteriöser: Ein mutmaßlicher Kontaktmann des US-Geheimdienstes CIA spielte bei der Attentatsvorbereitung eine größere Rolle als bislang bekannt. Von Rainer Nübel // history doesn't repeat, it rhymes ---
False  Flag  CIA  NSA  Five  Eyes  War  on  Terror  BND  surveillance  state  Orwellian  Double  Agent  presidency  barackobama  USA  gwbush  georgewbush  history  World  Police  Middle  East  9/11  WMD  Foreign  Intelligence  corporate  espionage  industrial  espionage  cyber  espionage  geopolitics  Super  Power  affairs  policy 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Snowden ǀ Guten Morgen, NSA — der Freitag
Wer sich in den vergangenen (fast) zwei Jahren nicht empörte, wird nun nicht plötzlich auf die Veröffentlichung von Informationen zu einem zusätzlichen Überwachungsprogramm der NSA mit einer tiefen Verhaltensänderung reagieren. Er wird vielleicht noch nicht einmal durch den aktuellen Skandal um den BND wachgerüttelt // &! "Spätestens seit Edward Snowdens Enthüllungen ist klar: Staaten und Konzerne stellen und steuern das Internet, mit entsprechenden Interessen und Nebenwirkungen. Die Illusion der Offenheit dekoriert lediglich die harte Realpolitik.“ = // Gesellschaft - jeder fuer sich selbst // the state of the world and the picture of the future
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
"Who does control the world?" - Noam Chomsky - BBC interview 2003 - YouTube
"Masters of the Universe" >> Wall Street. Hubris. // manufactured consent. // intellectuals write history //
Western  World  Iraq  War  Noam  Chomsky  Middle  East  hypocrisy  World  Police  War  on  Terror  military–industrial  complex  history  book  Wall  Street  British  Empire  WW2  IMF  World  Bank  9/11  society 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
SPIEGEL.TV - Kriege ohne Grenzen (ISIS, Boko Haram, Russia-Ukrain) min 6 >> asymmetric warfare (unequal) real wars known from history. ie :: use of propaganda and disinformation via Internet (Social Media) &! you fight not against states nor armies, you fight ideas and ideologies &! "Joint Publication (JP) 1-02, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, defines asymmetric like this: “In military operations the application of dissimilar strategies, tactics, capabilities, and methods to circumvent or negate an opponent’s strengths while exploiting his weaknesses.” Asymmetric warfare is nothing magical. The application of dissimilar strategies, tactics, capabilities, and methods is commonsense common practice in every kind of competition, including armed conflict, and it always has been." &! 2001 >> &! hybrid warfare - &! within Germany disenfranchised joining ISIS/Jihad
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
The Snowden affair: The perils of whistleblowing - YouTube
See very last part of the discussion: Stasi Officers Interview 'it is naive to think that this intelligence will not be used (abused) for other purposes.' ... ie throwing off other foreign state officials that have done wrong, and USA, the West wants to have removed for a more Western leaning replacement. ... Let's say Erdogan. Stuff got on the internet about him and his family; bribery, taxevasion, corruption etc. leading up to local elections. ... That is just a coincidence. right!? just serendipity. + NSA Whistleblower - Jesselyn Radack & Thomas Drake | London Real :: + Annie Machon - Whistleblower | London Real ::
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
The Doctor, An Utterly Millennial Hero : NPR
You want weapons? We are in a Library. Books, the best weapons in the world. infinite fancy. hoper of far flung hope. dreamer of improbable dreams.
cerebral  9/11  Doctor  Who  millenials  Superhero  generationy 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
NSA-Affäre: Klaus Brinkbäumer kritisiert die USA - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eine politische Diskussion über all das findet so gut wie nicht statt. Anschläge seien durch die Bespitzelung verhindert worden, das sagt Obama, das sagt Angela Merkel, und wir haben ihnen zu glauben. So erklärt man Wähler und Bürger zu Kindern, deren Eltern, die Regierungen, schon wissen, was richtig ist. Existiert jenes freie Amerika, das verteidigt werden sollte, noch, oder hat es sich durch die Verteidigung selbst abgeschafft? Eine amerikanische Regierung, die ein Spitzelprogramm wie Prism absegnet, respektiert nichts und niemanden mehr. Sie lebt Allmacht aus, sie wähnt sich erhaben über den Rechtsstaat, im eigenen Land ohnehin und sogar im Ausland. Dass nun Obama so handelt, ist trostlos. Ginge es um die Regierung Bush, könnte man denken: Es ist halt Bush, der ist berechenbar, es gibt noch ein besseres Amerika. Nun wissen wir: Es gibt nur ein Amerika.
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july 2013 by asterisk2a
Alton Lu: The National Defense Authorization Act: Our Disappearing Rights and Liberties
The provisions of the Patriot Act allow the government to spy upon U.S. citizens and the NDAA allows the government to whisk a citizen away for no reason other than being suspected of terrorism.
So why has this law been passed when it is very easily seen as unconstitutional? The Fourth Amendment grants liberty from unreasonable seizures, while the Sixth guarantees every U.S. citizen a trial in front of a jury. No matter what supporters of the bill might have said about the provisions being misunderstood, the simple fact is that it is unconstitutional.

== Living in fear ==
terrorism  9/11  PatriotAct  usa  barackobama  NDAA 
january 2012 by asterisk2a
Ten Years after the Mouse Roared - Joseph S. Nye - Project Syndicate
A key lesson of 9/11 is that hard military power is essential in countering terrorism by the likes of Bin Laden, but that the soft power of ideas and legitimacy is essential for winning the hearts and minds of the mainstream Muslim populations from whom Al Qaeda would like to recruit. A “smart power” strategy does not ignore the tools of soft power.

But, at least for America, perhaps the most important lesson of 9/11 is that US foreign policy should follow the counsel of President Dwight Eisenhower a half-century ago: Do not get involved in land wars of occupation, and focus on maintaining the strength of the American economy.
presidency  9/11  gwbush  al-Qaida  terrorism  war  story  foreignaffairs  foreign  policy  barackobama  economy  USA 
september 2011 by asterisk2a
Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg Says that the Government Has ORDERED the Media Not to Cover 9/11 | zero hedge
I have been told by reporters that they will not report their own insights or contrary evaluations of the official 9/11 story, because to question the government story about 9/11 is to question the very foundations of our entire modern belief system regarding our government, our country, and our way of life. To be charged with questioning these foundations is far more serious than being labeled a disgruntled conspiracy nut or anti-government traitor, or even being sidelined or marginalized within an academic, government service, or literary career. To question the official 9/11 story is simply and fundamentally revolutionary. In this way, of course, questioning the official story is also simply and fundamentally American.
9/11  conspiracy 
june 2011 by asterisk2a
Bin Laden Is Dead, Obama Says -
disclosed that American military and C.I.A. operatives had finally cornered Bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader who had eluded them for nearly a decade. American officials said Bin Laden resisted and was shot in the head. He was later buried at sea.
The news touched off an extraordinary outpouring of emotion as crowds gathered outside the White House, in Times Square and at the Ground Zero site, waving American flags, cheering, shouting, laughing and chanting, “U.S.A., U.S.A.!” In New York City, crowds sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Throughout downtown Washington, drivers honked horns deep into the night.
“The death of Bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat Al Qaeda. But his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that Al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad.”
USA  9/11 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
David Cameron: The gambling prime minister | The Economist
Of course, the risks—of coming across to the world as clumsy rather than canny, of provoking more anger than intended, of gaining nothing for all the candour - are serious. But then Mr Cameron is turning out to be an unexpectedly audacious prime minister all round. His domestic policy programme is, in its fiscal austerity and zeal for decentralisation, decidedly radical (as The Economist will explain soon). His foreign ventures are provocative.

This should not come as a complete shock. There have been clues for years that Mr Cameron is not the stolid, middle-of-the-road High Tory that he looks and sounds like. He gambled hugely by launching his Tory leadership bid in 2005. He appeared to criticise American foreign policy on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, described Israel's retaliatory attacks on Lebanon in 2006 as "disproportionate" and withdrew his party from the main centre-right caucus in the European Parliament.
davidcameron  uk  foreignaffairs  9/11  israel  pakistan 
august 2010 by asterisk2a
Goodbye To All That : The New Yorker
“Every administration contains its share of cynical political operators—without them, even the best man has no chance of achieving high office. But this administration seems to have nothing but cynical political operators, who use national tragedy for political gain, don’t even try to come to grips with real problems, and figure that someone else will clean up the mess they leave behind.”

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paulkrugman  georgewbush  gwbush  bush  9/11  politics  usa  republicans  elite 
february 2010 by asterisk2a
The Washington Independent » Obama Aide Declares End to War on Terrorism
By contrast, the Bush administration dismissed the idea that poverty and social injustice contributed to terrorism, and contended that a more fundamental root cause was political tyranny in the Middle East. While it pushed autocratic allies like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to take certain liberalizing steps, it focused more on building the outlines of democratic states in countries it sent the U.S. military to occupy, Iraq and Afghanistan.
barackobama  gwbush  iraq  terroristattack  terrorism  foreignaffairs  politics  9/11  cia 
august 2009 by asterisk2a

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