Geopolitical – Week of 9.2.12

Porter Report – After Dempsey Warning, Israel May Curb War Threat

YouTube | 30 May 2010

6 Songs Used to Torture & Intimidate
Mental Floss
Playing an annoying song over and over to get someone to spill their guts might sound like a gag from a Mel Brooks movie, but it’s actually become a standard practice.

Manufacturing Downturn Spreads Gloom Across Asia, Europe
Wall Street Journal | 3 September 2012
Manufacturing downturns gripped Asia and the euro zone in August.


Manufacturing Revival is Good Politics but Bad Policy

Bloomberg | 4 September 2012
Manufacturing has been declining as a share of the U.S. economy for three decades, but you wouldn’t know it from tuning into the campaign frequencies.

President Obama: Please Restore Justice and Pardon My Dad!
Change.org
Dear Friends, five years ago, my dad, Don Siegelman, was taken away in handcuffs and shackles.

Siegelman Case Has Roots in the Iran-Contra Scandal and the Assassination of a U.S. Judge in the 1980s
Legal Schnauzer | 14 August 2012
The roots of the Don Siegelman prosecution can be traced to the Iran-Contra scandal and the assassination of a federal judge in the 1980s.

The War in the Shadows
Common Dreams | 20 August 2012
A Swedish documentary filmmaker released a film last year called “Last Chapter—Goodbye Nicaragua.”

‘Massacre’: Scores of Amazon Indigenous Tribe Members Killed by Miners
Common Dreams | 30 August 2012
As many as 80 Yanomami Indians have been killed in a “massacre” carried out by unauthorized gold miners from Brazil.

Secret Royal Veto Powers Over New Laws to be Exposed
The Guardian | 31 August 2012
Information commissioner orders release of guide to how Queen and Prince Charles must be consulted before laws are passed

Correspondence and Collusion Between the New York Times and the CIA
OpEdNews | 30 August 2012
Mark Mazzetti’s emails with the CIA expose the degradation of journalism that has lost the imperative to be a check to power.