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“We often hear politicians call their opponents an “interest group.” What does that mean? It can be misleading.
When the citizens of a town try to fix a bad ordinance so that their lives are safer, more productive, more prosperous and more equally just for all, should they have that right? Of course. They are acting in the public interest.”

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In Baghdad, Organized Destruction

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CathyBreen
“Two days ago an email came from an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad in response to a brief greeting I sent to her for the month of Ramadan.

“Thanks so much for remembering us…In fact, we are the same if not worse. Our hearts are broken at the organized ruining of our country. We are targeted by those criminals and gangs coming from everywhere, even from the west, who are all witnessing this drama and, if not supporting it, are keeping silent. We wonder what sin we committed to face this gloomy black fate. In fact, what is going on is beyond words.””

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Man on the Run, and South Africa’s Failure to Detain Him

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MelGurtov
“Margaret Thatcher once advised those delegates to the United Nations who criticize the organization for being weak to look in the mirror for the explanation. International law is much the same: If you want to know why governments so often fail to respect it, all you have to do is step back for a moment and consider that governments are responsible for lawfulness; international judicial bodies such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have no policing power to enforce the law. Those courts must rely on the governments that created them and on the moral force that international legal authority represents.”

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Revolution’s Matchstick: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Rivera Sun
“Rolling down the corporate-political assembly line is a trade deal so treasonous to the peoples of the world that it should serve as revohttp://www.peacevoice.info/wp-admin/post-new.php#edit_timestamplution’s matchstick. The treaty is secret, but one fact is well known: the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is being negotiated by transnational corporations without a single US legislator present. Each time I hear this, my eyes blink in disbelief. Without a single legislator present … without their presence at negotiations, without so much as seeing a draft of the deal, and most treacherously, without objection or outcry at their exclusion! President Obama has requested our legislators to “fast track the TPP”, which would allow him to sign the deal prior to sending it to Congress for approval or disapproval. If they agree to this, then Congress eschews its right – and its responsibility – to reject parts of the trade deal and reopen negotiations.”

Author: Rivera Sun
Published in: Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/116922
Progressive Activists Voice https://proactvoice.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/revolutions-matchstick-catches-fire-by-rivera-sun/
The Bradford Review http://thebradfordreview.blogspot.com/2015/02/revolutions-matchstick-trans-pacific.html
Popular Resistance https://www.popularresistance.org/revolutions-matchstick-the-trans-pacific-partnership/
Date: June 28,2015

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Veterans Urge Drone Operators to Refuse Orders to Fly Letter Reinforces Call Made in National TV Ad Campaign

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David Swanson
“An increasing number of United States military veterans are counseling United States military drone operators to refuse to fly drone surveillance/attack missions – the veterans are even helping sponsor prime time television commercials urging drone operators to “refuse to fly.”

In a letter released recently by KnowDrones.com, 44 former members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines whose ranks range from private to colonel and whose military service spans 60 years, “urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/assassination missions. These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.””

Author: David Swanson
Published in: World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to-fly/
Global Research http://www.globalresearch.ca/veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to-fly-surveillance-and-attack-missions/5456274
Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/06/26/veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to-fly/
Veterans Today http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/06/16/veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders-to-fly/
Prison Planet http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=269476.0
War is a crime http://warisacrime.org/content/veterans-urge-drone-operators-refuse-orders-fly
Polish Gazette http://polishgazette.com/?p=1454994
Pagosa Daily Post http://pagosadailypost.com/2015/06/26/opinion-veterans-urge-drone-operators-to-refuse-orders/
Date: June 16,17,26,2015

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