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US imposes new sanctions on North Korea


By targetting Pyongyang, the Obama administration is also heightening the pressure on North Korea’s ally, China. Sanctions against North Korea are … aimed at undermining Beijing’s influence that is de-stabilising the entire region.

Peter Symonds, World Socialist Website

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3 January 2015 |US President Barack Obama yesterday raised the stakes in the confrontation with North Korea over unsubstantiated allegations that it hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment, authorising a new round of economic sanctions affecting 10 government officials and three state entities.

The US action is deliberately provocative. The Obama administration imposed the penalties despite the lack of evidence that Pyongyang was responsible for the Sony hacking. North Korea has flatly denied any involvement and offered to conduct a joint investigation with American authorities.

Peter Symonds: a regular contributor to World Socialist Website and

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Sony; The Interview; Racism; Hollywood, Media Regurgitate Government Claims, Robin Andersen; Ezrah Aharonel; Glenn Greenwald, Portside 

  • Sony and the hackers captured the year-end news cycle for over a month, unveiling a treasure trove of emails exposing stark flashes of the hidden underbelly of Hollywood. 
  • Certain "racist" emails of Sony executive Amy Pascal were made public.
  • The hackers are unknown, yet the media was initially more than ready to accept the initial government claims. 

Battlefield Earth: All the Countries John McCain Has Wanted to Attack


  • Syria, Iraq, Russia, North Korea, and nine other nations the Arizona senator has been eager to bomb, invade, or destabilize.
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

Tim Murphy and Tasneem Raja, Mother Jones

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Here's a quick review of McCain's eagerness for military action and foreign entanglements.

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Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • AIPAC becomes foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as domestic lobby.
  • Part 1: Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel
  • Part 2: Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken 


Only crusty, bitter, old, out-of-touch Cuban-Americans still support embargo.


But like every other one of the GOP's demographic woes, fact is, support for the embargo is (literally) dying off as I type this. The country is finally moving on, despite the wailing and teeth gnashing of the Rubios and Menendezes, two of the most crusty old fucks of the world, and the new generation of Cuban Americans is leading the way.

kos, Daily Kos

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RTR4IF30.jpg?1418836301Aid worker Alan Gross arrives in Maryland after being released from Cuban imprisonment as part of a deal loosening trade and diplomatic between Cuba and the United States.

Dec 17, 2014 | With news that the president has brokered detente with Cuba, expect the crazy right-wing Cuban-American community to lose its head. Marco Rubio has predictably lost his, but Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez's hissy fit this morning has proven that idiocy can certainly be a bipartisan affair.

But here's the thing—the Cuban-American community is not monolithically in favor of keeping the failed embargo strategy alive. Quite the opposite, in fact. The only people left supporting failure are the crusty old fucks who can't get past having lost the war half a century ago.

Every year, Florida International Univerisity polls the Cuban-American community in South Florida. And the results are quite clear.


kos is a contributor to Daily Kos

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How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed or Occupied Since 1980?


  • The sheer casualness with which Obama yesterday called for a new AUMF is reflective of how central, how commonplace, violence and militarism are in the U.S.’s imperial management of the world.
  • Happy Halloween from the Most Violent Ruling Class in Human History 

Glenn Greenwald, the Intercept 

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Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 |  Barack Obama, in his post-election press conference yesterday, announced that he would seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the new Congress, one that would authorize Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria—the one he began three months ago. If one were being generous, one could say that seeking congressional authorization for a war that commenced months ago is at least better than fighting a war even after Congress explicitly rejected its authorization, as Obama lawlessly did in the now-collapsed country of Libya.

When Obama began bombing targets inside Syria in September, I noted that it was the seventh predominantly Muslim country that had been bombed by the U.S. during his presidency (that did not count Obama’s bombing of the Muslim minority in the Philippines). I also previously noted that this new bombing campaign meant that Obama had become the fourth consecutive U.S. President to order bombs dropped on Iraq. Standing alone, those are both amazingly revealing facts. American violence is so ongoing and continuous that we barely notice it any more. Just this week, a U.S. drone launched a missile that killed 10 people in Yemen, and the dead were promptly labeled “suspected militants” (which actually just means they are “military-age males”); those killings received almost no discussion.

Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Polk Award for national security reporting, is an American columnist, blogger, and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for from 2007 to 2012.

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Happy Halloween from the Most Violent Ruling Class in Human History, Danny Haiphong, Black Agenda Report

  • US intelligence increasingly became a training ground for willing mercenaries to earn Western cash by creating bloody social strife in all corners of the world.” 
  • “The US ruling class is at war with exploited peoples everywhere.”
  • “The Terrorists R Us.”