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'Pedal to the Metal': Obama's Drone Program Escalates as Second Term Begins
Three US drone attacks in Yemen in as many days—which have left as many as fifteen people dead— gives further proof that the CIA, according to recent comments made to the Washington Post by a former government official familiar with Obama's assassination program, has "put the pedal to the metal" when it comes to administering the controversial tactic.
As Agence France-Presse reports, "Monday's raid brings to at least 25 the number of people killed in US drone strikes since such assaults were intensified on December 24."
As experts and human rights organizations continue to warn the Obama administration that such attacks are counterproductive—increasing, not lessening, al Qaeda's position in Yemen or elsewhere—the Washington Post's weekend report that the White House was "institutionalizing" the practice of assassination by drone with a new "playbook" was met with deep criticism.
He had a dream -- but Iraq, drones would have been his nightmare
It's a shame that Martin Luther King Day has been more or less hijacked by the Obama inauguration this year. In fact, I wonder if he'd be at the swearing-in, or somewhere else in the caputal, protesting drone warfare. Listen again to what Dr. King said in 1967 about Vietnam, and mourn how much of it could be said about our conduct in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere:
Secrets for Boosting Mood and Treating Depression
Without Anti-Depressants …
Dr. Northrup writes:
One of the best ways to support health brain chemistry is by taking fish oil. Fish oil has been shown time an again to relieve mild to moderate depression. The omega-3 fatty acids are essential to brain health and, according to Capt. Joe Hibbeln, M.D., these important fats support the serotonin system, may help reduce stress and lower your risk of all kinds of mental illness. Dr. Hibbeln, Chief of Outpatient Services for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is one of the world’s leading researchers on omega-3 fats. His findings have been compelling and encouraging.
Israel goes to polls, set to re-elect Netanyahu
(Reuters) - Israelis voted on Tuesday in an election that is expected to hand hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a third term, opening the way for a showdown with Iran and bolstering opponents of Palestinian statehood.
Some 5.66 million Israelis are eligible to cast a ballot, with polling stations closing at 10 p.m.. Full results are due by Wednesday morning, opening the way for coalition talks that could take several weeks
The Likud has also shifted further right in recent months, with hardline candidates who reject the so-called two-state solution dominating the top of the party list.
Blog Posts and Tweets of Interest
Just because the risk to American lives is not immediate (or always apparent) does not mean drones are a cost-free weapon— GregorydJohnsen (@gregorydjohnsen) January 21, 2013
The hatred and anger drones create on the ground even among those who hate al-Qaeda is something I don't believe is well understood in US— GregorydJohnsen (@gregorydjohnsen) January 21, 2013
Amazing to think about how many media folk are employed to tell us what to think abt a speech that most of us can understand on our own.— David Sirota (@davidsirota) January 21, 2013
To end perpetual war Obama would have to stop using Bush's AUMF to justify drone killings, other covert ops fdl.me/UMhSeR— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) January 21, 2013
MT @pushinghoops: Richard Engel is on NBC really trying to say world credits Obama with the Arab Spring instead of you know, Arabs— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) January 21, 2013
Within hours of Obama's inauguration, 2 "suspected al Qaeda militants" killed by US drone strike in Yemen abcn.ws/SrjmfQ— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) January 21, 2013
Many suggested that when Obama said "a decade of war is now ending", he meant to add: "and a new one is beginning"is.gd/sLFwpz— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 21, 2013
The Beatles - Revolution
Remember when progressive debate was about our values and not about a "progressive" candidate? Remember when progressive websites championed progressive values and didn't tell progressives to shut up about values so that "progressive" candidates can get elected?
Come to where the debate is not constrained by oaths of fealty to persons or parties.
Come to where the pie is served in a variety of flavors.
"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." ~ Noam Chomsky