New Study Reveals Obama’s Military Regularly Torturing People In Afghanistan – Including Children

by Scott Creighton

“Using internationally accepted methodology, standards and best practices, UNAMA found sufficiently credible and reliable evidence that 278 of the 790 detainees interviewed (35 per cent ) – one in three detainees interviewed – had experienced torture or ill-treatment on arrest or in certain facilities of the NDS, ANP, ANA and ALP over the 23-month period. Of the 105 child detainees interviewed, 44 were subjected to torture or ill – treatment (42 per cent)”  UNAMA Study, page 17

I guess you can look at this as an improvement. The last study they did, released in 2013 but also covering a time-frame during which Obama was Commander in Chief, showed nearly half of the detainees were tortured by our puppet regime in Afghanistan with the help of our “advisers”.  That number is down to a respectable 1 in 3. Now it seems we only torture half of the kids.

But they were doing it to protect our freedom, right? Well, if by “freedom” you mean “eliciting false confessions”, then yeah. Freedom.

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UN Reveals ‘Credible and Reliable’ Evidence of US Military Torture in Afghanistan

(Obamaite: Well, at least Obama doesn’t torture! Me: uh, yeah he does.)

by Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams

The United Nations revealed Wednesday it has “credible and reliable” evidence that people recently detained at U.S. military prisons in Afghanistan have faced torture and abuse.

The UN’s Assistance Mission and High Commissioner for Human Rights exposed the findings in a report based on interviews with 790 “conflict-related detainees” between February 2013 and December 2014.

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Why the CIA Won’t Give Up on Venezuela | Interview with Eva Golinger

Ukrainian Currency Plunges After Capital Controls, Minimum Wage Below Ghana

from Sputnik International

The country’s currency continued sliding on Wednesday, as the market exchange rate for the US dollar rose to 39 hryvnias, according to Ukrainian financial news site Minfin.

Ukraine’s National Bank reacted to previous collapses in the national currency’s value by imposing capital controls until Friday, prohibiting banks from purchasing currency for consumer operations. The move has allowed the central bank to artificially dictate the interbank rate, which it reduced from 32 to 24 hryvnias as of 12:45 p.m. local time. The artificial rate only affects exporters, who are forced to sell 75 percent of their foreign currency revenue to the National Bank at the rate.

“We coordinate all administrative measures with the International Monetary Fund first, and only then implement them,” the Ukrainian National Bank chairwoman Valeriya Hontareva told reporters.

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Bill O’Reilly Lied About Witnessing Suicide Of Oswald’s CIA Handler George de Mohrenschildt

(I just wrote about George de Mohrenschildt the other day.)

from the Huffington Post

As Bill O’Reilly continues on the warpath against those reporting on whether he embellished his combat experience, new allegations have emerged that the Fox News anchor lied about being present at a suicide in Florida.

“He was in Dallas,” Tracy Rowlett, a former colleague of O’Reilly’s at Dallas station WFAA, told liberal watchdog Media Matters. “Bill O’Reilly’s a phony — there’s no other way to put it.”

The Fox host has claimed on several occasions that he heard the gunshot that killed George de Mohrenschildt, a friend of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald who committed suicide at his daughter’s home in Florida in 1977. O’Reilly originally made the claim in his 2012 book, Killing Kennedy. He repeated it during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” while promoting the book: “I was about to knock on the door where [de Mohrenschildt] was, his daughter’s house, and he blew his brains out with a shotgun,” O’Reilly said (see embedded video at the bottom of this piece). He made the claim again in an adaption of Killing Kennedy for younger readers.

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edit: someone sent me this via Twitter. hee hee

Yours Truly Rejected for Alternative Journalist Trip to Eastern Ukraine (or maybe they didn’t?)

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Something fishy going on here. It would appear they rejected Matthew Luxmoore and I got his email. See update at end of article.

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Back on Feb. 20th, I included in a Neoliberal News article, a request put out by a Russian team looking for journalists and bloggers who wished to travel to Moscow to meet-up with a tour-group of sorts that would be taken into eastern Ukraine, Donbass, so they could see and report on the situation developing in that region. Tom had forwarded me some info on it, so I figured I would share it with you guys.

But I did more than that. I sent them an email requesting to be considered to be a part of that trip.

Today I received a very polite rejection letter.

I wish all who attend good luck and I hope their efforts shed some much needed light on the situation over there.

After the break, my request followed by their reply.

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Greek finance minister’s letter to the Eurogroup: The Fraud of Syriza and Yanis Varoufakis Laid Bare

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: And it turns out, the entire letter and austerity agreements may have been written by Declan Costello of the European Commission. His job is to craft the neoliberal structural reforms for EU member states. So, he crafted these and the Rock star simply signed on in agreement. “But the biggest joke in all this? As the FT’s Peter Spiegel revealed, the IMF, which is an integral part of the Institutional Troika, now pretends to not be on board with the very letter it helped draft just to give the process some aura of legitimacy.” Tyler Durden

UPDATE: A letter from a Greek:

” Syriza has broken the world record in political kolotoumbes, or “back-flips”, as we say in Greek. Tsipras’s new government has not cancelled austerity but rather has just agreed to honour Greece’s financial obligations. The troika is still here, though it has been renamed “institutions”, the Memorandum is now called “Agreement”, and the Lenders have been re-baptized “Partners”. This is the essence of the Syriza “revolution”.”

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'Erratic': Greece's Marxist finance minister Yanis Varoufakis meets IMF chief Christine Lagarde last week

Greece’s “Rock star” finance minister Yanis Varoufakis meets IMF chief Christine Lagarde last week

 

I’ve been taking a lot of flack from folks who tried their best to “BELIEVE” in the new “CHANGE” administration of Greece. The Webster Tarpleys of the “interwebs” were heaped with praise for promoting the fake “radical left” party that is Syriza.

Today, Finance Minister Varoufakis’ letter and loan extension deal has finally been published and there is no doubt that he is nothing more than a neoliberal wolf hiding in the Trojan Horse called “Syriza”

  • The privatizations that have been enacted in the past will remain in the hands of the foreign financial entities. The ones put on hold will go through as planned. New ones will be created starting very soon with an eye toward making them as profitable as possible for foreign entities. The technocrats will aid in that process.
  • Public sector workers will be assaulted. Their benefits attacked, their wages frozen. Those fired in the past that Syriza promised to bring back will remain fired.
  • Deregulation will continue unabated. Greek markets and other public sector assets will be opened up to foreign investors.
  • Humanitarian concerns will take a backseat to privatized business interests.
  • Government agencies will be decimated by a total of 1/3rd of them being totally eliminated (from 16 down to 10). The pursuit of the neoliberal mantra of “smaller gubment!” will be achieved with untold numbers of public sector workers losing their jobs and possibly their pensions in the process.
  • Privatized ObamaCare type healthcare reforms are on the horizon.
  • RFID chipped “smartcards” will be implemented for things like healthcare and foodstamps.

This is just some of the “CHANGE” that Syriza and the rockstar are bringing to Greece. His letter and his list of reforms are below in their entirety. Note that he says this is just the first draft and they will be modifying these austerity reforms in conjunction with help from the technocrats.

That means it will get worse, folks. Not better.

And yeah, I got it right the first time. Let’s see how Webster tries to spin this. (my observations are in bold, italics and red text)

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