Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are stupider. ~Plato

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. 
 ~Aung San Suu Kyi

We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN.
  ~B.W. Powe

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, provided they have satisfactorily filled out forms 3584-A through 3597-Q. 

~Dwight Macdonald 


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Lawrence Lessig's March to End Corruption

Monday, 17 February 2014 10:00 By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report

This week, we bring you a special report on a two-week, 185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire, led in January by constitutional scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig to raise awareness of the crippling problem of corruption in American politics.

“If you think about every single important issue America has to address — if you’re on the right and you care about tax reform or addressing the issues of the deficit, or on the left and you care about climate change or real health care reform — whatever the issue is, if you look at the way our system functions right now you have to see that there will be no sensible reform given the way we fund campaigns,” Lessig says.

Inspired by Doris “Granny D” Haddock’s march across America, Lessig says his movement, the New Hampshire Rebellion, is encouraging voters to ask all the presidential candidates who soon will be haunting the Granite State: “How are you going to end the system of corruption in Washington?”

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Egypt and Russia strengthen relations to raise US concerns:
RUSSIA and Egypt are nearing a $3 billion arms purchase agreement that will be financed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Russian daily Vedomosti reported
Four people killed in Tunisia in clash with "terrorists";
The Tunisian Interior Ministry announced that four men, including two gendarmes, were killed in a clash with an armed group in the Jendouba area of western Tunisia on Sunday.
Pakistan-Taliban peace talks collapse after 23 soldiers' killed:
Peace talks between the Pakistani government and Taliban insurgents broke down on Monday, the government said, after insurgents executed 23 paramilitary soldiers in what they said was revenge for army operations in the volatile tribal regions.
Iran Threatens To Send Forces Into Pakistan:
Iran says it will send forces into Pakistan to free kidnapped border guards if Islamabad does not take measures to secure their release.
Iran would not wait for action by Pakistan:
Abdulreza Rahmani Fazli told reporters today that Iran would enter Pakistani soil if Pakistan did not act properly about the terrorist groups kidnapping and killing Iran's border guards.
Afghanistan: 17 Taliban militants killed:
Interior ministry confirmed that 17 Taliban militants were killed, 12 militants were injured and 3 others were detained by Afghan forces during the operations.
3 Afghan army soldiers killed in bomb attacks:
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Bomb attacks kill at least 24 in Iraq capital:
At least 24 people were killed in bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital late on Monday, including blasts near two Shi'ite Muslim mosques and at a busy bus station, police and medics said.
Security forces kill 15 militants, retake Iraq town:
Iraqi security forces killed 15 militants in an assault Monday as they retook a northern town and surrounding areas that have repeatedly changed hands in recent days, an official said.
Al Qaeda splinter group executes 21 in Syria: report:
An al Qaeda splinter group in Syria executed at least 21 people including fighters from rival rebel groups and their relatives, an incident that could worsen infighting among enemies of President Bashar al-Assad.
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Syria army, rebels agree new Damascus area truce:
Syria's army and rebels have agreed local truces in key flashpoints around Damascus, despite regime and opposition representatives failing to make any progress in Geneva peace talks.
Russia denies Geneva II talks failed:
Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandr Lukacevic, in a press release, regretted some Western officials' announcements that the negotiations have failed. He said that despite the difficult situation in Syria, some people have been evacuated from some areas and humanitarian aid were delivered in others.
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Free Syrian Army replaces chief-of-staff Salim Idris:
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Russia Says Syrian Government Right to Seek Focus on 'Terrorism':
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Venezuela expels 3 US consular officials, alleging conspiracy:
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Colombian leader 'outraged' by army corruption claims:
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