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CIA Cables Detail Its New Deputy Director’s Role in Torture | ProPublica

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 24, 2017 08:04 AM
"Haspel was sent by the chief of the CIA’s counterterrorism section, Jose Rodriquez, the “handpicked warden of the first secret prison the CIA created to handle al-Qaida detainees,” according to a little-noticed recent article by John Kiriakou, a former CIA counterterrorism officer. In his memoir, “Hard Measures,” Rodriquez refers to a “female chief of base” in Thailand but does not name her. Kirakou provided more details about her central role. “It was Haspel who oversaw the staff,” at the Thai prison, including James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the two psychologists who “designed the torture techniques and who actually carried out torture on the prisoners,” he wrote."

Bob White, Union Organizer, Union Leader: April 28, 1935 – February 19, 2017 | The Bullet

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 23, 2017 09:58 AM
"More than anything else it was the sentiments of an organizer that defined Bob as a union leader. One of my great pleasures was seeing Bob, once union president, move through a room of workers. No politician with a pasted-on smile. No aura of ‘Here I am!’. Instead, someone attentive to people stopping him, ready to kid and laugh, serious and thoughtful when a troubling question was asked – the comfortable, engaged chattiness of an organizer. Bob had a genuine common touch that matched his practical common sense."

To the Memory of Malcolm X: Fifty Years After His Assassination | Counter Punch

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 22, 2017 11:00 PM
"A new political reality is opening up in the United States today. A new generation of youth, of all nationalities, is radicalizing and mobilizing from Ferguson, Missouri to Staten Island, New York and across the US. ... and more broadly the mounting impact of the permanent capitalist economic crisis, growing impoverishment, and increased working-class struggles for decent jobs and wages, against obscene inequality in education, health care, and so on. Those coming into the fight will find no greater historic champion and inspiration in the fight for their better future than Malcolm X. For those who take the time to search, discover, and study this towering human being, beautiful vistas will open up before you."

Liberals tack right, jettison progressive policy

by JBB — last modified Feb 21, 2017 08:30 PM
Duncan Cameron | Rabble.ca | Team Trudeau have decided they have less to fear from the NDP profiting from the Liberal shift to the right, than from disgruntled Ontario Tories getting out in big numbers to vote against them.

Bus drivers call for national strategy to protect them on the job | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 21, 2017 02:08 PM
"Winnipeg public transit bus driver Irvine Jubal Fraser was killed on February 14, after being stabbed multiple times by a passenger. He was 58-years-old. Since the murder, transit workers are coming forward with their own stories of passengers abuse — from bullying and harassment, to spitting and assault — despite many drivers being forbidden to speak out."
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