• Middle East
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    The Poisonous US/UK/Saudi Relationship

    ISIS started of its life as an American tool and puppet of the Reagan administration to wage a proxy war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union. That old saying, the enemy of my enemy is my friend was practiced with cold, hard headed Realpolitik by the Reagan appointed Director of the CIA Bill Casey and the Pentagon of Caspar Weinberger and Richard Perle. In the 1980s the term for this Islamist, Reagan backed proxy organization was the Mujahidin, the anti-Soviet Arab and Afghan fighters pushing back against Moscow’s December 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. The Mujahidin were CIA backed, financed, trained and equipped.

  • U.S. News
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    Pfizer blocks drug sales to executioners

    The world’s second largest pharmaceutical firm has today officially withdrawn from the lethal injection drug trade, imposing strict distribution controls to prevent its drugs reaching execution chambers across the USA.

    In a strong statement released this afternoon, global giant Pfizer confirmed its opposition to the misuse of its medicines in American executions and its commitment to block all sales for that purpose.

  • Local News
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    What We Learned From Wauwatosa PD’s Previously Unreleased Annual Reports

    From 2004-2011, the Wauwatosa Police Department released yearly annual reports on its activities. The protocol wasn’t unusual, police normally provide some form of publicly available documentation. Of course, they don’t outline everything there is to know about a department, they’re simply transparent overviews.

    In 2012, unlike other departments, Wauwatosa’s data never arrived to the city’s page. Around that time, the department cited challenges associated with a new report redaction policy it was forced to adopt. The policy, referenced in several Wauwatosa Now pieces, was enacted after a supreme court ruling on privacy rights.

    A year later, Wauwatosa PD Captain Tim Sharpee said WPD was unable to do the redactions electronically. “So a clerk has to print out that report (and) redact all that information”, he said, alluding to the department’s lack of resources. In 2013, 10-13% of a department sworn for 94 officers left within a four month period. For a time, WPD claimed it lacked the manpower to process reports with the tedious methods available to them. It was assumed, but not entirely verified, that the annual’s were discontinued due to the same phenomenon that affected more regular reports.

  • U.S. News
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    Researchers Boast DEA Approval Of Smoked Cannabis Study For PTSD As A Breakthrough

    The passing of 2016’s unofficial cannabis holiday, 4/20, brought with it encouraging news from the DEA. America’s prohibition dragon head approved the study of medical benefits from smoking gunja. These developments suggest a shift in some extremely outdated perceptions to which many in government continue to cling.

    It wasn’t long ago that the Drug Enforcement Administration’s head, Chuck Rosenberg, mocked the idea of smoking marijuana. “A joke” Rosenberg declared, a bold stance to take at the end of 2015. To date, according to Fortune, 24 states have approved the use of medical cannabis in it’s various forms, nearly half the country.

  • Opinion
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    Bathroom discomfort or oppression?

    Let’s face it, our culture loves hyperbole. It’s literally the best thing ever. But there is one specific instance of hyperbole that has become commonplace recently, and that is the use of the word “oppression.”

  • Politics
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    Inequality Will Get Worse Until There’s a Revolution

    Imagine, after a deep sleep, you suffered the fate of Rip Van Winkle and woke in the spring of 2040. What might you find?

    Among other things, maybe a presidential candidate railing against America’s concentration of wealth. Except this time, it’s not the 1 percent that owns as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent — it’s the top hundredth of a percent.

  • Foreign Policy
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    Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels

    In an interview with Alternet.org, the independent investigative reporter Seymour Hersh was asked about Hillary Clinton’s role in the Benghazi Libya consulate’s operation to collect sarin from Libyan stockpiles and send it through Turkey into Syria for a set-up sarin-gas attack, to be blamed on Assad in order to ‘justify’ the US invading Syria, as it had invaded Libya.