What Russia Really Wants (And Got) From Trump

What Russia Really Wants (And Got) From Trump

It has all the hallmarks of a compelling thriller. A U.S. president willing to put his reputation on the line in the interests of peace and prosperity prepares to reach out to Russia. The Kremlin shows some cautious interest. But before the president can propose...
Please Don’t Shoot the Messengers

Please Don’t Shoot the Messengers

Whistleblowers Suffer woe To tell us what We need to know. When you picture classified documents, don’t visions of spy lists, nuclear ignition formulas, cross-sections of bomber wings, or diagrams of missile trajectories come to mind? Well, those documents...
Just Another Corporate Profit Center

Just Another Corporate Profit Center

Richer countries Flex their might, Holding poor ones In plight. U.S. media outlets tend to report Haiti strictly as a land of tragedy. Its hapless citizens seem endlessly beset with earthquakes, floods, cholera, hunger, and bad government. Unfortunately, our press...
Malice Versus Nobility: Scooter Libby and Bradley Manning

Malice Versus Nobility: Scooter Libby and Bradley Manning

After 9/11, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a Yale graduate with a law degree from Columbia, and fellow neo cons plotted to twist and invent “intelligence” data to convince the public that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, so as...
Whistle-Blowing Takes Guts

Whistle-Blowing Takes Guts

See some cheating Where you work? Keep it quiet, Dangers lurk. As activist Medea Benjamin has said, “You are better off committing a war crime than exposing one” in the United States. No government cares to be accused of a war crime. If you happen to...
What Have They Done with Ron Paul?

What Have They Done with Ron Paul?

Campaigns face A lot of stress; When ignored By all the press. You may have heard of Ron Paul. He’s a popular Republican candidate for president who just won the Values Voter Summit’s straw poll. He’s done well in other polling too, generally holding...
Haiti, the Caribbean Sweatshop

Haiti, the Caribbean Sweatshop

Working life Would make you wince; Should you visit Port-au-Prince. It’s baseball season in America. For years, for every ball that was scuffed in the dirt or fouled in the stands, another was quietly stitched in an abysmal Haitian sweatshop owned by Rawlings...

Free Private Manning

In April, the Army transferred Private Bradley Manning from solitary confinement at Quantico, Virginia to the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kansas. At Quantico, according to a Human Rights Watch report, the military had shackled Manning, stripped him naked, and...
Interview With WikiLeaks Go-to Guy, the Nation’s Greg Mitchell

Interview With WikiLeaks Go-to Guy, the Nation’s Greg Mitchell

Cross-posted from the GC Advocate and FireDogLake. We’re honored to have Michael Busch dissecting the latest WikiLeaks document dump for Focal Points. This is the forty-sixth in the series. For nearly four months, the Nation’s Greg Mitchell has steadfastly...

Waterboarding Next for Bradley Manning?

In response to reports that Bradley Manning was deprived of his clothes and forced to sit naked in his cell for seven hours on Wednesday, the New York Times reports: First Lt. Brian Villiard, a Marine spokesman, said. . . . that the step was “not punitive”...
Telling the Story of WikiLeaks

Telling the Story of WikiLeaks

“Scientific journalism.” That is the phrase WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange uses to describe what he does. By posting source documents directly on the Internet, readers no longer need to rely on the journalists’ interpretations. Instead, they...