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OCTOBER 16, 2014 7:37PM

John's Journal: October 16, 2014


So many stories to cover today and so little time left in the day. Hence, John's Journal returns after its first appearance on OS in May, 2013.

As with previous posts simply click on the images for the full stories.


First off, from The Intercept and Dan Froomkin.… Read full post »


From today's New York Times, another black eye for the Bush/Cheney & Co. team on an untold story of the Iraq invasion/occupation. I should mention there's an irony of this story appearing in The Times since they were huge cheerleaders for the invasion. Nevertheless, this story of coverups… Read full post »


It was just the other week I posted about Sweden voting to recognize the Palestinians as a state. Coming soon after that is yesterday's report in which Britain voted symbolically to recognize a Palestinian State, too.

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This story just out an hour ago on The Intercept, written by Murtaza Hussain.

Just as an aside before getting to The Intercept article let's revisit the open government we were told now exists. This is from Firedoglake:

"Days after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, he pledgedRead full post »


An issue that's heating up with protests in Europe is the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP.

I've got three pieces here, two from the UK and one from this country discussing the secrecy and other concerns of this pro-corporate trade agreement. Click on the images for… Read full post »


It's been a few weeks since I last posted an article from Big Salon, but here's one that was published today written by staffer Elias Isquith I am adding to the roster of my posts about the nation's counter-terrorism.

Click on the image for the full story, plus check out… Read full post »


Had today been Valentine's Day I could use that as a sentimental segue into this story which Glenn Greenwald just published about an hour and a half ago. I remember all of the stories out there meant to paint Edward Snowden and weird and so forth. I can't recall specifics… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2014 11:12AM

Monty Python at work here!


Tell me this isn't a Monty Python skit!


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“The notion of an authorized disclosure of classified information is close to being a contradiction in terms," he wrote. "If something is classified, how can its disclosure… Read full post »


A story out yesterday on The Intercept by Ryan Devereaux on New York's de Blasio administration pulling an about face on the NYPD spying of Muslims. See the excerpt for more or click on the image below for everything:




Responding to a lawsuit alleging unlawfulRead full post »


A new story from Juan Cole. For the full story click on the image below:




"Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said that settlers from Tuffah chopped down around 100 olive trees belonging to PalestiniansRead full post »


It was just the other day that I had a commentary by Noam Chomsky and wouldn't you know it another commentary on a different subject by him came to my attention today through the Truthdig web site. This apparently dates back to March, but I believe it's a new listing… Read full post »





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A new post up a short time ago from Dan Froomkin, plus Glenn Greenwald's commentary from this morning...all in one post. For full stories click on each image.



"“The president wants to know who the fuck authorized this release to the committees,” Rahm Emanuel, who serveRead full post »


Another thought provoking column this week from Paul Craig Roberts on the disastrous consequences of the Washington governing class, etc.

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"President George W. Bush also made a liar out of his father, George H.W. Bush, andRead full post »


A story out today in The New York Times about the current situation on the ground in Gaza.

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"More than half of Khuzaa’s 3,000 or so homes were destroyed or damaged during the 50-day war. IsraelRead full post »


Noam Chomsky, the well known professor from MIT, has thoughts about what will bring about change with regard to Gaza and the West Bank in this commentary.

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"On August 26, Israel and the Palestinian Authority both acceptedRead full post »


While I've posted many stories related to the Middle East of late there's action happening elsewhere around the globe that's quite newsworthy, as well. Take Hong Kong, for example, and one man's (Martin Lee) commentary in yesterday's New York Times. As always, click on the image below for the… Read full post »


Something a little different for a Friday--a major European nation will shortly recognize the Palestinian State... "Way to go Sweden!"

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"The announcement will be welcome news for President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the PalestinRead full post »


Another very relevant story coming from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Click on the image for the full story, plus check out the excerpt below:




"Israel's decision to move forward its plan for 2,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem will "poison the atmosphereRead full post »


Another development making headlines with regard to Israel and involving J Street and Beyoncé.

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Another worthwhile and saavy commentary by Paul Craig Roberts whose writings have been posted before on OS by not only me, but a host of other bloggers.

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"One might think that by now even Americans wouldRead full post »


An update on one aspect of the Israel/Gaza action over the summer from the Associated Press courtesy of Yahoo! News. Click on the image for the full story:




"JERUSALEM (AP) — It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visitsRead full post »


For anyone who thought the Khorasans were out to usurp the Kardashians here's Glenn Greenwald to give you the big picture.

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"As the Obama administration prepared to bomb Syria without Congressional or U.N.Read full post »


Thanks to The Intercept and Dan Froomkin here's a classic example of why some find Washington to be so disgusting and without ethics.

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"The basic idea is that when youRead full post »


A few years back Jon Stewart had a segment on Iraq and called it "Messopotamia." That seems like a good intro for what David Stockman writes in his column dated yesterday.

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"Folks, this war is only threeRead full post »