Daily Archives: June 16, 2022

January 6 panel says Trump brought US ‘dangerously close to catastrophe’

Jun 16, 2022

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol presented evidence on Thursday that Donald Trump was told his last-gasp attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election was unlawful but forged ahead anyway. “Donald Trump wanted Mike Pence to do something no other vice president has ever done. The former president wanted Pence to reject the votes and either declare Trump the winner or send the votes back to the states to be counted again,” Congressman Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee said. “We were fortunate for Mr. Pence’s courage. On January 6, our democracy came dangerously close to catastrophe”


Jun 16, 2022

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Deadly Deceits: CIA Disinformation Activities Around the World & the Number of People Killed (1983)

Jun 17, 2022

Stockwell’s unpublished memoir: https://thememoryhole.substack.com/p/…

John R. Stockwell (born 1937) is a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving seven tours of duty over thirteen years. Having managed American involvement in the Angolan Civil War as Chief of the Angola Task Force during its 1975 covert operations, he resigned and wrote In Search of Enemies. His books: https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=U…


Ralph Walter McGehee Jr (April 9, 1928 – May 2, 2020) was an American case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for 25 years and an author. From 1953 to 1972, his assignments were in East Asia and Southeast Asia, where he held administrative posts. After leaving intelligence work in 1977, he publicly expressed views highly critical of the CIA.

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It was then CIA’s practice to anonymously place stories in news publications, stories written to spread ideas favorable to CIA goals. Accordingly, stories were edited which created a likelihood of misdirecting some readers. Stories that CIA planted might be further spread by third parties, in a slightly altered form, or even picked up as news and then rewritten by a journalist. McGehee himself, in doing his assigned duties, followed news stories in the international press, communist affairs in particular. He also monitored incoming intelligence reports for such topics.

Eventually McGehee began to notice a subtle congruence in content between the planted stories and the incoming intelligence. Propaganda the CIA generated to shape world opinion, he conjectured or realized, could circle back and contaminate the CIA’s own information files. McGehee gives an example. CIA in 1965 fabricated a story about weapon shipments sent by sea to the Viet Cong (to show foreign support). CIA even staged its discovery for the press. The story had legs. The Marines later began to patrol the coast to intercept the reported contraband.

To stress his experience of CIA’s disregard for the truth of an event, McGehee refers to Orwell’s duplicitous ‘Ministry of Truth’ from the novel 1984. Ironically, it was Communist duplicity during the Spanish Civil War which inspired Orwell. The Soviets were early masters at disinformation. Such deceptions have also been used by renegade agents to turn a profit. The intelligence trade has developed terms for a wider category of fact manipulation, which range from black propaganda, to grey, to white.

He discussed his time spent in Vietnam and claimed that the CIA supported anti-Communist counterinsurgency in the Philippines.

A downside of his book, Deadly Deceits, was McGehee’s personal knowledge of the extent to which the famed physician, Thomas Anthony Dooley III, was involved in CIA warfare across Indochina. This included awareness that the atrocities alleged in the 1956 best seller, Deliver Us From Evil, were fabricated for the beginning of a psywar campaign (later revealed by the Church Committee in 1975).

A 1981 allegation by McGehee about CIA involvement in the Indonesian killings of 1965–1966 was censored by the CIA, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union to sue on his behalf. The CIA prevailed. McGehee described the terror of Suharto’s takeover in 1965–66 as “the model operation” for the US-backed coup that got rid of Salvador Allende in Chile seven years later: “The CIA forged a document purporting to reveal a leftist plot to murder Chilean military leaders, just like what happened in Indonesia in 1965.”

In 1999, he also filed a Freedom of Information request, claiming that he had been harassed since 1993, suspected to be because of his criticisms. Asking for a halt of the actions, he sent a letter to the president of the United States, the director of the CIA, and his town council, documenting many of the incidents. He asserted his intention to pursue the issue through the FOIA process because of receiving no response to earlier letters.

McGehee died from COVID-19 in Falmouth, Maine, on May 2, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Maine. He was 92.


The CIA is not now nor has it ever been a central intelligence agency. It is the covert action arm of the President’s foreign policy advisers. In that capacity it overthrows or supports foreign governments while reporting “intelligence” justifying those activities. It shapes its intelligence, even in such critical areas as Soviet nuclear weapon capability, to support presidential policy. Disinformation is a large part of its covert action responsibility, and the American people are the primary target audience of its lies.

RECAP Introducing Sagittarius A Star | Milky Way Black Hole STREAM

Jun 16, 2022

Sagittarius A Star is the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way and for the first time ever, an image of this black hole was captured by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration.

For more information on how scientist used the Event Horizon Telescope to photograph the black hole in the center of our universe, see the video below.

This is a condensed recap of the announcement event held on May 12, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Chris Hedges | How Bernie MISSED His Moment

Jun 16, 2022

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🔴 Chris Hedges | American Empire is FINISHED: https://youtu.be/OW52qqlQiJQ

Christopher Lynn Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Presbyterian minister, author and television host. His books include War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009); Death of the Liberal Class (2010); Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, which was a New York Times best-seller; Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015); and his most recent, America: The Farewell Tour (2018). Obey, a documentary by British filmmaker Temujin Doran, is based on his book Death of the Liberal Class.

Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, West Asia, Africa, the Middle East (he is fluent in Arabic), and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005) serving as the paper’s Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief during the war in the former Yugoslavia.

In 2001, Hedges contributed to The New York Times staff entry that received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Toronto and Princeton University.

Hedges, who wrote a weekly column for the progressive news website Truthdig for 14 years, was fired along with all of the editorial staff in March 2020. Hedges and the staff had gone on strike earlier in the month to protest the publisher’s attempt to fire the Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, demand an end to a series of unfair labor practices and the right to form a union. He hosts the Emmy-nominated program On Contact for the RT (formerly Russia Today) television network.

Hedges has also taught college credit courses for several years in New Jersey prisons as part of the B.A. program offered by Rutgers University. He has described himself as a socialist, specifically an anarchist, identifying with Dorothy Day in particular.


Jun 16, 2022

LIVE: The working class is standing up and telling the billionaire class and powerful corporations they cannot have it all. Join me, @afa_cwa President Sara Nelson, and @Teamsters President Sean O’Brien as we rally with courageous workers in Chicago.

50 Years, and Counting: A Conversation with Professors Wole Soyinka, Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr | Cambridge University Alumni

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Professor Wole Soyinka, Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah and Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr are leading academic voices and hugely influential in their fields of expertise. But had they not met at the University of Cambridge 50 years ago, their lives may have looked very different.

Join us as they reunite, in Cambridge once again, for a fascinating insight into their long-lasting friendship. In a panel discussion moderated by Gillian Tett, they will look back over the last 50 years, consider how they have influenced each other, and share reflections on their lived experiences.


Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah

Clare 1972

Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in London and shortly after moved to Ghana with his family. Following an undergraduate degree in philosophy at Clare College Cambridge, he taught at the University of Ghana, then returned to Cambridge to undertake a PhD.

Since studying at Cambridge, Professor Appiah has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard universities, and lectured at many other institutions in the USA, France, Germany, Ghana, and South Africa. He is an honorary Fellow at Clare College, and has recently been appointed President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He has published widely in literary and cultural studies, with a focus on African and African-American culture. His current interests range over African and African-American intellectual history and literary studies, ethics, the connections between moral philosophy and psychology, and political philosophy and the philosophy of the social sciences; and he has also taught regularly about African traditional religions.

Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Clare 1973

Henry Louis Gates Jr. grew up in West Virginia, and graduated from Yale as a scholar of the house in history. The first African American to be awarded a Paul Mellon Fellowship, Gates studied for a PhD in English literature at Clare College Cambridge.

He taught at Yale, Cornell, and Duke before moving to Harvard in 1991, where he is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University.

He is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder. He has also produced and hosted more than 20 documentary films and published more than 20 books with a focus on African American and African culture. He is an honorary fellow at Clare College, Cambridge.

Professor Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria to Yoruba parentage, whose culture has influenced his works. After studying in Nigeria and the UK, Soyinka directed two theatre companies in Nigeria after a spell as dramaturge at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

Soyinka is best known as a playwright, but his works also include poetry, novels, and essays. He has worked extensively abroad, primarily in the USA, where he has held professorships at several universities.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, considered a writer ‘who, in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence.’ He is also an Honorary Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge.

Dr Gillian Tett (Chair)

Clare 1986

Dr Gillian Tett is Chair of the Editorial Board and Editor-at-Large, US of the Financial Times. She writes weekly columns, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues, and also founded Moral Money, the FT’s sustainability platform. In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards, after earlier winning Journalist of the Year.

She has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Cambridge University, was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award and has received the President’s Medal from the American Anthropological Association. She has written four books, winning the Spear’s Financial Book of the Year, the Porchlight Book of the Year on Business Culture and the Columbia University Eccles Prize.

Tett’s past roles at the FT have included US managing editor, assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

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One Year Later: Juneteenth for All Americans

NMAAHC– Streamed live 15 hours ago -15 June 2022

Kevin Young, Andrew W. Mellon Director, NMAAHC moderates a panel of scholars as they discuss the historic and social complexity of Juneteenth exploring the lessons that the holiday imparts, historically and currently, about social justice, democracy, community-building, and cultivating climates of hope. Panelists include Imani Perry, Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University, and author of South to America, and Hassan Jeffries, Historian, Ohio State University, among others. Generously supported by CVS Health

Lode Vanoost interviews Noam Chomsky

DeWereldMorgen .be– Jun 9, 2022

(NL ondertitels via the Settings button) Noam Chomsky talks with Lode Vanoost about Ukraine, Palestine, mass shootings in the US, Belgian federalism as a possible model for Ukraine, Belgian colonialism, Leopold II, Patrice Lumumba and his upcoming book with Vijay Prashad ‘The Withdrawal’. Noam Chomsky spreekt met Lode Vanoost over Oekraïne, Palestina, massamoorden in de VS, Belgisch federalisme als een mogelijk model voor Oekraïne, Belgisch kolonialisme, Leopold II, Patrice Lumumba en zijn komend boek ‘The Withdrawal’ met Vijay Prashad.