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  • The Empire of Lies - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    that they considered Curveball s testimony to be highly dubious The head of the CIA George Tenet simply ignored the advice Of course the news of Curveball s confession has come too late eight years too late to be precise to have any impact on the events that matter As happens so often with important stories that challenge elite interests the facts vitally needed to allow Western publics to reach informed conclusions were not available when they were needed In this case Bush Cheney and Rumsfeld are gone as are their neoconservative advisers Curveball s story is now chiefly of interest to historians That last point is quite literally true The Guardian s revelations were of almost no concern to the US media the supposed watchdog at the heart of the US empire A search of the Lexis Nexis media database shows that Curveball s admissions featured only in the New York Times in a brief report on page 7 as well as in a news roundup in the Washington Times The dozens of other major US newspapers including the Washington Post made no mention of it at all But even the Guardian which broke the story and is often regarded as fearless in taking on powerful interests packaged its report in such a way as to deprive Curveball s confession of its true value The facts were bled of their real significance The presentation ensured that only the most aware readers would have understood that the US had not been duped by Curveball as the headline asserted but rather that the White House had exploited a fantasist for its own illegal and immoral ends There is something depressingly familiar about this kind of reporting even in the West s main liberal publications Contrary to its avowed aim mainstream journalism

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/the-empire-of-lies/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Jonathan Cook, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Jonathan Cook Tags 96 Iraq usa media CIA WMD Eight years on we now have the proof that the US preemptive war on Iraq was based on lies Diplomatic Tsunami May 30 2011 by Jonathan Cook Tags Egypt Israel Palestine Is time for peace running out for Israel Bush s Parting Gift to Israel December 16 2008 by Jonathan Cook Tags usa Bush Israel Palestine Middle East neocons A new

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/jonathan-cook/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Julian Assange: Metameme Warrior - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    erase leakers digital fingerprints WikiLeaks hosts its material on servers in European countries with tight privacy laws Leaked documents are kept beyond the reach of any nation s judicial process and the site is a very secure and encouraging mechanism for courageous individuals to anonymously leak information vital to the public interest Valuing the individual s right to know over all else WikiLeaks uncensorable system for untraceable mass document leaking destroys the editorial role cherished by many media outlets by releasing all information to the public unfiltered I am an information activist WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange told the Guardian We believe a richer intellectual and historical record that is fuller and more accurate is in itself intrinsically good and gives people the tools to make intelligent decisions The potential impact of WikiLeaks in relation to its size is staggering At the core of the organization is a group of only a half dozen full time volunteers With their help one conscientious individual with important information can shake the world In 2006 Assange wrote that a social movement exposing secrets could bring down many administrations that rely on concealing reality including the US administration To be sure Assange and his team at WikiLeaks have faced challenges They have been threatened with hundreds of lawsuits but so far no one has taken them to task in court In 2008 WikiLeaks itself revealed US counterintelligence plans to shut down its site The classified report suggested The identification exposure termination of employment criminal prosecution legal action against current or former insiders leakers or whistleblowers could potentially damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the WikiLeaks org Web site These plans have proven ineffective Just as online piracy revolutionized copyright the emergence of WikiLeaks has done the same for secrecy and the PR and propaganda of war making has been dealt a huge blow Governments can no longer conduct their dirty business in private and whistleblowers with the guts to reveal the truth can impact the course of history In effect the geopolitical game has changed forever It takes a degree of public outrage to mobilize a population behind a war and it is tempting to wonder how different American history could have been if an information leaking mechanism like WikiLeaks had existed decades ago The most disastrous and devastating war in American history began with a bold faced lie when the National Security Agency NSA fabricated intelligence describing an attack by North Vietnamese boats on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin Midlevel NSA officials were responsible for the faulty intelligence and a conscientious whistleblower within the agency could have prevented the widened war and the pain of untold millions of people in Southeast Asia and the United States The weeks before the invasion of Iraq were a crucial tipping point when millions of people marched in cities around the globe in some of the largest protests in history There was a real tangible feeling

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/julian-assange-metameme-warrior/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Blake Sifton, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Tags 91 Egypt 2011 Egyptian presidential elections Anwar Sadat Hosni Mubarak Mohamed ElBaradei The coming rupture in Egypt Ignored and Forgotten June 17 2010 by Blake Sifton Tags 90 torture war military CIA ethics Psycho APA Professional ethics in the War on Terror America s Identity Crisis June 11 2010 by Blake Sifton Tags United States empire 9 11 identity Richard Hermann Coming to terms with imperial decline Iran Strikes

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/blake-sifton/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Heavy Reader: 1960 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the sit in By the fourth day as the historian James T Patterson wrote white women from the local University of North Carolina Women s College joined them By then protesters mostly black students were starting to sit in at lunch counters elsewhere in the state A fire had been lit and it spread with great quickness and energy Later that same February the future congressman John Lewis and two other students from Fisk University in Nashville Tennesse kicked off a series of sit ins at segregated lunch counters in the heart of Nashville s business district Diane Nash a key student leader in the effort reflected on the sit ins in the documentary Eyes on the Prize The first sit in we had was really funny because the waitresses were nervous and they must have dropped 2 000 worth of dishes that day Literally it was like a cartoon We were sitting there trying not to laugh because we thought laughing would be insulting At the same time we were scared to death After a few days the police began arresting the protesters but always there was a new contingent that immediately took the seats vacated by those who were carted off to jail No matter what they did and how many they arrested said Nash there was still a lunch counter full of students there Within months the sit ins spread to dozens of American cities Many of the protesters were beaten and thousands were arrested but they would not give in Some cities desegregated their lunch counters others resisted But by the mid 1960s the civil rights movement with its marches and demonstrations its freedom rides court fights and other initiatives had achieved a critical mass The era of legal segregation in America was brought to a

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/heavy-reader-1960/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Monkeys know it! - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    a delicious grape Now it s the second monkey s turn and the action begins He performs the task in identical fashion but instead of being rewarded with a grape he is given a bland slice of cucumber This capuchin puts the cucumber in its mouth for a few seconds then spits it out and throws the cucumber into the face of the researcher The whole process is then repeated This time the capuchin who received the cucumber watches the grape receiving capuchin closely And on their turn they take care to do the task perfectly mimicking their counterpart in every way even tapping the rock against the side of the cage to make sure nothing is wrong with it After handing it over the capuchin is given a cucumber just the same This time he really loses it The cucumber is thrown into the face of the researcher immediately The capuchin then climbs the wire wall between the two cages shaking it aggressively desperately trying to draw attention to the fact that for the same task the pay was unequal FROM Adbusters 112 A Guide for the Perplexed Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/monkeys-know-it/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Darren Fleet, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    hand into the dark earth and curl my fingers into a loose fist around a clump of soil The rays of sun above me filter through the coverage of a China June 28 2014 by Darren Fleet Tags global warming china carbon emissions pollution 114 The ecopolitics beneath the world s hottest conflict Zimbabwe June 21 2014 by Darren Fleet Tags climate change global warming africa violence 113 Zimbabwe Mugabe drought conflict South Africa famine The ecopolitics beneath the world s hottest conflict Monkeys know it March 11 2014 by Darren Fleet Tags protest humanity 112 monkey inequality fairness Watch what happens when you pay two capuchins unequally Lost in the forest October 24 2013 by Darren Fleet Tags 110 The labyrinthine madness of the DSM V The Green Back vs The Rial September 30 2013 by Darren Fleet Tags economics United States finance Iran 109 money paradigm A single banknote can reveal a lot about the attitude of a nation Snort Snort September 20 2013 by Darren Fleet Tags cocaine apocalypse economic growth finance 109 crash The narcotic abstraction of finance Progress September 19 2013 by Darren Fleet Tags America economic growth empire economic reality check progress 109 crash

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/darren-fleet/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Shining Eyes - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    future This might be the first generation on Earth that s looking only to the horizon Some people fear that They think it s foolish I don t I think they re finally living what we ve fought for so long to let go of They will never be as young as they are today The conditions in the slums of Brazil are some of the worst in the world There s a lot of third world shit here The protest might have started about transit prices but it ain t about that now We re here because for the first time we can feel the new way of being beating in our veins Eduardo Galeano said this shitty world is pregnant with another I can taste it I can feel it I can even say that I ve seen it He wasn t more than 14 or 15 We were marching in São Paulo after dark There were hundreds of thousands of us This city is a jungle of concrete built for cars To be walking in the middle of the road with the faded white stripes under our sneakers rush hour on a Monday night singing songs that was something Man what a beautiful world we live in he said It s something you feel when the lover in your arms is laughing and you feel like your heart is gonna break because there couldn t possibly be any more room for good inside The high begins to float you away We were walking to the governor s house taking time along the way to talk look at people waving white flags from apartment windows listen to chants coming and going like waves in this sea of people I looked into this kids eyes He kept talking but

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/shining-eyes/ (2016-02-09)
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