Daily Archives: August 17, 2016

Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers


Brave New Films

Published on Feb 11, 2015

This is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. SUBSCRIBE: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Watch our other feature length documentaries free: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

1:57 Blackwater Security is the largest security firm in Iraq, with more than three hundred working and risk taking employees.

Meet Jerry Zovko, one of the four blackwater agents who died in an under armored and under guarded patrol vehicle in Falluja, one of the most dangerous cities in the region at the time.

7:49 Blackwater Security pulls at all its political strings in order to avoid retribution for the very much avoidable Felluja deaths. Preventing investigations, and changing opinions.

13:30 Private organizations in Iraq continue to abuse their power, hurting and destroying the lives of prisoners and citizens alike, but not without making a killing in profits.

21:16 Private organizations pay more than the US military, promising “minimal supervision”.

26:06 Corporate greed strikes again. TITAN Services, the lead provider of linguists for America’s Iraq operation hired untrained translators from unreliable backgrounds -making TITAN indirectly responsible for countless avoidable deaths.

28:47 United States turns a convenient blind eye to the continued abuse and killing of Iraqi civilians by US private contractors.

33:50 Private contractors are taking the work–and by extension experience– of trained soldiers. So why are they being denied the training and equipment they need to stay alive and safe?

42:00 Seven people were killed in an attack on a Halliburton fuel convoy. A convoy that had been cleared for transport across a no-drive zone. Is that how KBR values human life?

48:17 Halliburton continues to skimp on health requirements, supplying the it’s men and women with contaminated water, and snuffing out all the attempts that have been made to warn those at risk of infection.

52:22 Halliburton skimps on necessary safety and sanitation measures for its troops while massively overcharging them, and by extension the U.S Government.

55:02 How does Halliburton legally steal from the american government and american citizens? By wasting our money in huge amounts, burning expensive equipment, vehicles and even oil in front of Iraqi citizens.

1:01:48 It has been proven that Halliburton steals huge amounts of money from the U.S, so why haven’t we taken action?

1:06:15 Even today, 12 years after the withdrawal of troops and the end of the Iraq war, war profiteers still exist, and they will not go down without a fight. They have money, power and influence.
If we want change, it’s going to take more than just awareness, it’s going to take action.

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Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars


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Published on Apr 1, 2015

“Unmanned” investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad, observing their effect on the War on Terror, the lives of individuals, and U.S. foreign policy. SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/1JUX3Xv DONATE: http://bit.ly/1CnMVEG

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In Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, the eighth full-length feature documentary from Brave New Films, director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.

Throughout Unmanned, Greenwald intersperses in-depth interviews with never-before-seen footage from the tribal regions in Pakistan to humanize those who have been impacted by our drone policy. This footage, alongside interviews with Pakistani drone survivors, describes the brutal reality of drone attacks ordered during the Obama Administration. The film highlights the stories of 16 year old Tariq Aziz, killed by a drone a mere week after he participated in a public conference in Islamabad in 2011, and a school teacher, Rafiq ur Rehman, grappling with the loss of his elderly mother and the hospitalization of his children due to a drone strike last year, showing how delicate life can be in this virtual war where no one is accepting responsibility for the casualties.

00:00 Brandon Bryant, Former U.S.A.F. Drone Sensor Operator discusses his start in the drone program.

2:10 October 28, 2011 Pakistan, A press conference (Jirja) that brought community leaders and political organizers together with the media to discuss the inhumanity and fears of the current state of drone strikes.

7:10 Islamabad, Pakistan, A rally is held in protest of the drone attacks. People from all over the country with many different backgrounds came in the thousands to protest the United States drone program.

8:15 Tariq and friends were on their way to a soccer match when their car was hit by a drone. His friends reflect on the incident and discuss the injustice.

12:35 Tariq had been to the press conference, and discussed the issue with media. CIA decided to use a drone, instead of peaceful and lawful capture.

16:15 Breakdown of targeted killing methodology. Imminent threat is needed in order to use drones.

18:40 Brendon Bryant discusses hitting targets, and the graphic nature of brutal drone attacks.

21:05 The vast majority of drone victims have not been high profile targets. Signature strikes are attacks against civilians who may fit the profile of suspected terrorists.

24:23 Jirja are part of Pakistani conflict resolution, this open public event, where the community gathers. A drone strike attacked this peaceful event, killing the elders, devastating the community.

30:23 John O. Brennen former Chief Counterterrorism Advisor for the Obama Administration states in a press conference that there has not been a single collateral death in drone attacks.

31:06 Drone strikes have created a significant anti-American sentiment.

33:44 Pakistan court rules CIA drone strikes are an illegal war crime.

36:34 Brendon Bryant discusses firing a drone strike on what was believed to be a high level terrorist. Before drone landed, he saw a small movement around the building.

39:00 Rafiq ur Rehman, a schoolteacher, recalls the day a drone hit his home. Injuring his children, destroying his home, and murdering his mother.

45:54 Dr. Rizwan Taj and community members discuss the constant fear that the citizens of the region.

49:15 The drone strikes in Waziristan have created more terrorists, as the citizens are looking for revenge for the brutal killings.

52:05 Defense and aerospace firms are lobbying for continued drone use as it is a multi-billion dollar industry. The drone industry is also growing internationally with more countries developing attack drones.

54:00 Community based solutions are much more effective than the drone attacks.

56:15 Drone victims discuss their personal damages from the attacks. Brandon Bryant discusses his remorse for being involved in the drone program.

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Why Did Clinton Just Tap a Pro-TPP, Pro-KXL, Pro-Fracking Politician to Head Her Transition Team?


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Published on Aug 17, 2016

http://democracynow.org – Hillary Clinton has announced former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as the head of her transition team. Salazar is a former U.S. senator from Colorado who now works at WilmerHale, one of the most influential lobbying firms in Washington. Some groups have criticized Salazar’s selection due to his vocal support of fracking, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition to Ken Salazar, other leaders of the transition team include former Obama National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Maggie Williams, the director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics. For more, we speak with David Sirota, senior editor for investigations at the International Business Times.

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Joel Salatin Discusses Why American Farmland Is Disappearing


TheOrganicView

Published on Jul 28, 2016

Land is something that we cannot make more of. We only have so much available and unfortunately, our precious farm land is quickly disappearing from the American agricultural landscape. Are we moving into a world of industrialized food? Is our need for cheaper food limiting our access to quality, clean organic locally grown food? In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks about it with organic advocate and best-selling author, Joel Salatin. Stay tuned!

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Grass fed Farming Pioneer Joel Salatin on Passion, Integrity, and Self Evolution


NaturalStacks

Published on Jul 14, 2016

For this episode of the OPP, I spent a day with Grass-fed Farming Pioneer Joel Salatin at his world famous Polyface Farm. We toured the farm, talked about faming, passion, integrity, creating a home-centric haven and Joel shared top tips for success.

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Water Wars and the Future of Food


uivpc

Published on May 2, 2012

Keynote address by Vandana Shiva at the 2012 University of Idaho Borah Symposium

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Vandana Shiva and Elizabeth May


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Published on Jul 17, 2016

Two environmental icons meet at one event in Vancouver: Indian Summer 2016. Hosted by Nature’s Path, both offer keen insights into the world in which we live.

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