Friday, June 20, 2014

Nothing is wholly obvious without becoming enigmatic. Reality itself is too obvious to be true. ~ Jean Baudrillard

Religion is not a universal and transhistorical phenomenon. What counts as "religious" or "secular" in any context is a function of configurations of power both in the West and lands colonized by the West. The distinctions of "Religious/Secular" and "Religious/Political" are modern Western inventions.

The invention of the concept of "religious violence" helps the West reinforce superiority of Western social orders to "nonsecular" social orders, namely Muslims at the time of publication.

The concept of "religious violence" can be and is used to legitimate violence against non-Western "Others".

Peace depends on a balanced view of violence and recognition that so-called secular ideologies and institutions can be just as prone to absolutism, divisiveness, and irrationality.

William Cavanaugh and others have argued that it is unreasonable to attempt to differentiate "religious violence" and "secular violence" as separate categories.

 Religion and art, which should most distinguish us from the beasts, and ought most particularly elevate us, as rational creatures, above brutes, is that wherein men often appear most irrational, and more senseless than beasts.
 ~ John Locke

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  Op-Ed Articles   

Russia Plans War Against US Dollar
Putin Advisor Proposes "Anti-Dollar Alliance" To Halt US Aggression Abroad

By Tyler Durden

The war for Ukraine may soon become the war for Europe's independence from the US and a war against the dollar.

The ISIS Fiasco: It's Really an Attack on Iran

By Mike Whitney

There's something that doesn't ring-true about the coverage of crisis in Iraq.

U.S. Again Gunning For "Regime Change" In Iraq

By Moon Of Alabama

The best thing Maliki could now do is to shut down the U.S. embassy and request support from Russia, China and Iran.

How An Arrest In Iraq Revealed Isis's $2bn Jihadist Network

By Martin Chulov in Baghdad

Seizure of 160 computer flash sticks revealed the inside story of Isis, the band of militants that came from nowhere with nothing to having Syrian oil fields and control of Iraq's second city.

The Neocon Surge


Don't look now, but the latest installment in the decades-old neocon saga is currently taking place.

War, Iraq, Enlightenment

By Marianne Williamson

Breaking this cycle of violence is now within the reach, and the power, of each of us.

War Crime
US Fired Depleted Uranium at Civilian Areas in 2003 Iraq War, Report Finds

By Rob Edwards

The data shows that many of the DU rounds were fired in or near populated areas of Iraq, including As Samawah, Nasiriyah and Basrah. At least 1,500 rounds were also aimed at troops, the group says.

What Makes Normal People Commit War Crimes?

By Bettina Chang

"These soldiers are 'normal people' but they have been trained to obey orders with no discussion."

Newly Disclosed Documents Show
How Secret Partners Expand NSA's Surveillance Dragnet

By Ryan Gallagher

The classified files, revealed today by the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information, shed light on how the NSA's surveillance of global communications has expanded under a clandestine program.

How to Tell If Your Member of Congress Is a Crony Capitalist

By Timothy Karr

Congress is awash with special-interest campaign contributions. To win in 2012, U.S. senators had to raise an average of $14,351 a day, every single day of the week.

To Prison For Poverty

By Sarah Solon

In Alabama, a Poor Teenager is Charged 85 Percent Interest on a $41 Seat Belt Ticket.

Noam Chomsky: The Corporate Elite Are Actively Courting Disaster


We live in a bleak moment in human history. And Chomsky begins from this reality.

This Is A True Police State
The Dangers of Traveling Through The United States

By Jayant Bhandari

"I will decide if you will go on this plane or not," shouted a US custom official with a stress on "I"


Hard News

23 militants killed in Pakistani operations:
The Pakistan Army said Thursday that 23 more foreign and local terrorists were killed in North Waziristan tribal region as the security forces continued their major offensive.

17 killed in Philippines clash with rebels:
Soldiers were approaching a known hotbed of the militant Abu Sayyaf group on the strife-torn island of Jolo when the fighting broke out, military statements said.

18 militants killed in battles in Iraq's Diyala:
Iraqi helicopter gunships bombed posts of Sunni militant groups, including militants linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaida offshoot, around the city of Udheim which located some 60 km north of Diyala's provincial capital of Baquba, leaving 15 militants killed and dozens others wounded

Iraq forces regain control of main refinery: Gov Officials:
Iraqi government forces regained full control on Thursday of the country's biggest oil refinery after heavy fighting with Sunni militants attempting to seize it, officials said.

Satellite Photo Shows Smoke Billowing From Contested Iraqi Refinery:
A satellite photo handed out by the U.S. Geological Survey Thursday shows a plume of smoke billowing from a large oil refinery in Baiji, Iraq that provides much of the region's fuel for electricity and transportation. The image was taken Wednesday.

Obama announces he is sending up to 300 troops back to Iraq as advisers:
He said that "we've positioned additional U.S. military assets in the region" and that increased intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts are helping to develop "more information about potential targets" associated with insurgents of the radical Sunni Muslim group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Full Transcript: President Obama's June 19 remarks on Iraq:
President Obama delivered the following remarks on the crisis in Iraq on June 19 at the White House. Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service.

Obama willing to strike ISIS in Iraq and Syria:
US officials claim Islamist movement could pose threat to the United States, say potential US action not limited to specific states

US 'urging Maliki to resign' - live updates:
Centralization of power and authoritarian tendencies coupled with the benefits of a long incumbency present practical obstacles to Maliki's removal.

Iraq's Maliki: I won't quit as condition of US strikes against Isis militants:
Republican John McCain called for the use of US air power but also urged Obama to "make very clear to Maliki that his time is up".

Maliki or ISIS? Neither looks good to Sunni Awakening veterans: Op-Ed:
The Sunni Arab fighters who stood against jihadis during the US war in Iraq feel betrayed by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. But they also fear the advance of ISIS.

More US bombs and drones will only escalate Iraq's horror: Op-Ed:
Seumas Milne: The Arab world has endured a century of western attempts to control the region. Only Iraqis can shape their future

7 soldiers killed in Shiite rebels' attack in Yemen:
 In the past two days, the rebels attacked military posts in Bani Maimoon and al-Mihshash areas in Amran, about 50 km north of the capital Sanaa, which broke a ceasefire deal mediated by UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, earlier this month between the rebels and the government, said the officials.

Car bombing kills 6 Syrians in Homs:
Six Syrian citizens were killed and 40 others injured on Thursday as a car-bomb exploded near Maysaloun School in Al-Nazha neighborhood in Homs, local media reported.

Interview with Prince Turki bin Faisal:
'Saudi Arabia Wants Downfall of Assad': Saudi Arabia has long urged the West to arm the Syrian rebels as they battle forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. In an interview with SPIEGEL, he explains why. He also says Europe should change its strategy in nuclear negotiations with Iran.

6 killed in Gaza explosion:
Five members of Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades and a Palestinian firefighter died in an explosion inside a tunnel in the al-Tuffah neighborhood near a Hamas military site in eastern Gaza City on Thursday

Clashes flare as Israeli soldiers seek missing teens:
 Israeli forces traded gunfire with Palestinians on Thursday, the military said, in the fiercest street battles in the occupied West Bank since a search began for three Israeli teenagers missing for a week.

Israel has Egypt over a barrel:
Clayton Swisher of Al Jazeera's investigative unit has spent five months delving into the corrupt sale of Egyptian gas to Israel.

Anti-Iran Propaganda -
Canadian officials eyeing Iran over possible terror attacks on Ottawa:
Noting Iran's rising "anti-Canada rhetoric," intelligence officials have been monitoring the Islamic republic as a potential terrorist threat to the Ottawa area, newly declassified documents show.

Mozambique: Six Soldiers Killed, More Wounded in Armed Confrontation:
At least six members of the security and Defense and Security Forces of Mozambique (FDS) died and more suffered serious injuries as a result of an armed confrontation between government forces and alleged Renamo guerrillas

Boko Haram Threat Spreads Into Cameroon:
Boko Haram are spilling over the border from Nigeria to terrorise villages and grab young boys

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood chief given new death sentence:
An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and 13 others to death Thursday over violence that killed 10 people in Cairo last summer.

U.N. Says 257 Civilians Have Been Killed in East Ukraine:
Refuses to Condemn the Ongoing Bombardment

Ukrainian forces attack eastern cities after giving rebels ultimatum:
Pro-Russia fighters refuse to surrender after 'anti-terrorist operation' gives them three hours to give up arms

Ukraine army and self-defense militia exchange bodies (VIDEO):
In an unprecedented move, Ukrainian self-defense forces and Kiev's troops have carried out an exchange of dead bodies near Donetsk. However, a fragile ceasefire reached for the exchange was interrupted by shooting.

Fact or fiction?
Russian buildup seen as fighting rages in Ukraine:
Russia is resuming its military buildup along the Ukrainian border in an apparent attempt to intimidate its neighbor, NATO's chief said Thursday as Ukrainian government forces unleashed a major offensive against pro-Moscow insurgents.

Russia positions new fighter jets on Ukrainian border :
Moscow positioned new fighter jets in southern Russia as a ceasefire agreement with Ukraine collapses amid accusations Kiev violated it. Deborah Gembara reports.

Australia Slaps Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine Bloodshed:
Australia on Thursday announced asset freezes and travel bans against 50 Russian officials and businessmen and 11 Russian companies that it blames for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

US Marines linked to Australian energy security:
The growing number of U.S. Marines in northern Australia is enhancing the security of the nation's burgeoning gas industry, which extends across the remote and sparsely populated northern coast, a senior American general said on Wednesday.

Would-be bomber who caused Stockholm lock-down gives up to police:
 Police had sealed off large parts of the capital city and evacuated buildings as they negotiated with the man who said he was carrying explosives and had barricaded himself inside a building near the headquarters of the main government party.

WikiLeaks Teases 'Very Important Secret Document' Release:
WikiLeaks offered little detail on its forthcoming release except to say it contains information pertaining to around 50 countries

Defend Julian Assange!: Two years of asylum in Ecuadorian embassy:
Today marks two years since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forced to take refuge in Ecuador's London embassy, having been made the target of a filthy campaign by the Obama administration to have him extradited to the US to face espionage and treason charges punishable by life in prison or even death.

Julian Assange to file fresh challenge in effort to escape two-year legal limbo:
Two years after WikiLeaks founder took refuge in Ecuadorian embassy, lawyers poised to challenge Swedish detention order

The cost of global violence and unrest: US $1,350 per person:
Violent conflict and unrest cost the world as much as the combined economic output of Britain, Germany, France and Italy last year, or $1,350 per person globally, an index measuring the state of world peace found on Wednesday.

S&P downgrades Argentina's credit rating:
President vows to honour payments to bond holders after government suffers setback in long-running legal battle.

Mexico's Astonishing Costs Of Fighting Drug Cartels Have Not Reduced Violence:
Mexico's efforts to reduce the alarming levels of violence are having a significant impact on the country's economy. In 2013, the cost to Mexico of fighting the powerful drug cartels rose to almost $172.7 billion (more than twice Mexico's foreign debt)

POLL: Public Confidence In Congress 'Has Sunk To A New Low':
"Americans' current confidence in Congress is not only the lowest on record, but also the lowest Gallup has recorded for any institution in the 41-year trend.

Cop shoots unarmed great-grandfather at family picnic, faces no consequences:
"We are left with the belief that police in Homer have a license to kill."

Police Can Just Take Your Money, Car and Other Property - and Good Luck Getting It Back:
Alda Gentile was driving back home to New York from Florida, after having viewed condos with her son and grandson ahead of a potential move. She had $11,000 in cash with her, which she brought in order to make a deposit on her new place.







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Hillary on 2nd Amendment: the “viewpoint” crime
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