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The Dangerous Neocon-R2P Alliance

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By Robert Parry. Republished from Consortium News.

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After U.S. neocons helped stir up a crisis in Ukraine—with a big assist from the biased American press corps – the Obama administration looked for a diplomatic off-ramp, but this pattern of hyped outrage and belated reconciliation is a risky way to make foreign policy, says Robert Parry.

The American mainstream news media has rarely bought in so thoroughly to a U.S. government propaganda campaign as it has in taking sides in support of the post-coup government in Ukraine and against Russia and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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Experts Warn: US ‘on Course to Repeat’ BP Gulf Disaster

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DeepwateraBlazeCoastGuardPicAndrea Germanos, staff writer for CommonDreams.

[Photo of the Deepwater Horizon fire by the U.S. Coast Guard.]

The risk of another blowout is real,” write former Minerals Management Services head Elizabether Birnbaum, and Oceana’s Jacqueline Savitz

The U.S. is “on a course to repeat our mistakes” and face another oil disaster like BP’s Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, two experts warn.

The chilling cautionary words are given by former offshore drilling regulator Elizabeth Birnbaum and Jacqueline Savitz, vice president for U.S. Oceans at conservation organization Oceana, in op-ed published in the New York Times days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the epic oil catastrophe.

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Climate Change Messaging – Avoid the Truth

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TexasDroughtStatesmanBy Steve Breyman. Originally published at Dissident Voice.

[The impacts of the Texas drought. Photo by Jay Janner of The Statesman Photojournal.]

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger’s op-ed “Global Warming Scare Tactics” was published in the New York Times on April 8. Participants in recent debates over climate change may recognize their names. They’re the guys who run the Breakthrough Institute, a pseudo-contrarian “environmental research organization.”

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Outside Special Interests Lean on MO Legislators to Push ALEC’s Anti-Worker Agenda

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GroverNorquistBy Jay Riestenberg. Originally published at PR Watch.

[Photo: Grover Norquist.]

Last week, the Missouri House of Representatives passed a measure to put an anti-union “paycheck protection” measure on the ballot in August which, if approved by voters, will make it harder for unions to raise funds and engage in the political process. “Right to work” could be next — and both measures are being pushed by an array of out-of-state right-wing interests.

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The Rise of Our Dumbocracy

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HowAmericaLostRobertsBy Gary Corseri. A review of Paul Craig Roberts’ How America Was Lost: from 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State

“Americans need to understand that they have lost their country. The rest of the world needs to recognize that Washington is not merely the most complete police state since Stalinism, but also a threat to the entire world. The hubris and arrogance of Washington, combined with Washington’s huge supply of weapons of mass destruction, make Washington the greatest threat that has ever existed to all life on the planet. Washington is the enemy of all humanity.”—Paul Craig Roberts

Roberts’ newest book (463 pages, from Clarity Press, 2014) is a compendium of 135 columns (bracketed by an intro and conclusion), written between August, 2008 and December 31, 2013. Roberts himself should require no intro to anyone a little hip to the alternative news media (where many of these columns were posted), or, for that matter, to any older codger aware of Roberts’ work as an associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal—or, to even-older codgers who may recall his role as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during the Reagan years. (During those years, Roberts helped shape “supply-side-economics”—for which “the Left” has still not forgiven him; and about which Roberts writes persuasively in his 2013 book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism.)

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Former CIA Affiliate Tells All: The CIA Role Behind the Anti-Government Protests in Venezuela

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RaulCapoteBy Sabina Becker. Republished from News of the Restless. Translation from Spanish by Becker from Ex-agente Raúl Capote: Los planes de la CIA avanzaron mucho en Venezuela from Apporea, 3/23/2014.

[Who is this man, and why does the CIA fear him? Because they thought he was one of theirs, and it turns out he’s quite the opposite. And now he’s spilling the beans on them. Read on:]

Raúl Capote is a Cuban. But not just any Cuban. In his youth, he was caught up by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). They offered him an infinite amount of money to conspire in Cuba. But then something unexpected for the US happened. Capote, in reality, was working for Cuban national security. From then on, he served as a double agent. Learn his story, by way of an exclusive interview with Chávez Vive, which he gave in Havana:

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NSA exploited Heartbleed bug

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HeartBleedBy Joseph Santolan. Republished from WSWS.org.

On Friday (4/11/14), Bloomberg News published a report citing two sources “familiar with the matter” revealing that the National Security Agency (NSA) was aware of the existence of the Heartbleed Internet security bug for two years and routinely exploited the bug to spy on private communications, rather than revealing and patching it.
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