Patrick Leahy’s Double Think

Double think files: Patrick Leahy wants the NSA to prevent another Snowden and to be more accountable. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-employee-implicated-in-snowden-probe-has-resigned/2014/02/13/44f37a3e-94c7-11e3-b46a-5a3d0d2130da_story.html “Lawmakers expressed concern Thursday about the security lapses at the agency. “It is unacceptable that the NSA’s security protocols and breaches were so easily circumvented,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.). “This is the…

Letterhead a priority over pediatric chemotherapy treatments

More unexpected reporting in the NYT that humanizes the suffering caused by the occupation, in this instance, the cruelty comes in a particularly arbitrary form. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/13/world/middleeast/even-a-stationery-logo-pits-palestinians-against-israel.html “Israel rejected the applications of dozens of medical patients in the Gaza Strip seeking to travel for treatment in Israel or the West Bank this week because the paper…

The two sides of Jodi Rudoren

Thanks Bill Gates! http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/the-stream/the-stream-officialblog/2014/2/11/la-teachers-use-facebooktoexposethirdworldschoolconditions.html “Would you rather have a personal iPad in class, or a water faucet that works? Two Los Angeles teachers assert that their school district has neglected basic upkeep and repairs in favor of purchasing expensive iPads, leaving classrooms in a condition reminiscent of a “Third World” country. To highlight deteriorating conditions at the L.A.…

Mandela, the U.S., Angola, and Namibia

The latest from Chomsky’s syndicated column: http://inthesetimes.com/article/16227/the_greatest_threat_to_world_peace_is_the_united_states/ “The death of Nelson Mandela provides another occasion for reflection on the remarkable impact of what has been called “historical engineering”: reshaping the facts of history to serve the needs of power. When Mandela at last obtained his freedom, he declared that “During all my years in prison, Cuba was…