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As Chilean Left Struggles to Preserve Memory, Right-Wing Pinera Government Works to Erase It

    As Chilean Left Struggles to Preserve Memory, Right-Wing Pinera Government Works to Erase It

SANTIAGO, CHILE — It is clear that former state-employed torturers have become emboldened since the electoral triumph of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. While last year’s presidential election illustrated the Chilean left’s disillusion with the center-left coalitions — resulting in a low voter turnout and a right-wing victory — for Chilean memory groups, the events now…

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Shed Not a Tear for War Criminal John Brennan, Say Legal Experts

    Shed Not a Tear for War Criminal John Brennan, Say Legal Experts

While Democratic senators, corporate talking heads, former national security officials, and Twitter pundits issued dire proclamations about the “dangerous precedent” President Donald Trump set on Wednesday by revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance for obviously vindictive and political reasons, critics of America’s far-too-powerful intelligence apparatus were quick to express how little sympathy they feel…

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Internet Users Crowdfund Release of 4,358 CIA MKUltra Documents

    Internet Users Crowdfund Release of 4,358 CIA MKUltra Documents

A crowdfunding campaign has succeeded in raising the funds necessary to pay a Freedom of Information Act request fee for documents related to the CIA’s controversial MKUltra program. John Greenewald of Black Vault, a website that publishes government documents, appealed to the internet for help after the agency refused to waive the $425 fee it was demanding…

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Senator Richard Burr: a Longtime Fan of Torture

    Senator Richard Burr: a Longtime Fan of Torture

Newly released official documents obtained by the National Security Archive showing that CIA Director Gina Haspel directly supervised waterboarding at the first CIA “Black Site” simply confirm what Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) already knew as he orchestrated the charade that was Haspel’s confirmation hearing.  Burr allowed her to “classify” her own direct role in waterboarding…

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The Deep State’s Long Enmity Toward the People of Iran

  The Deep State’s Long Enmity Toward the People of Iran

The U.S. deep state’s hatred of the Iranian people goes back a long way, at least as far back as 1953. That was the year that the CIA, which was called into existence in 1947 when the U.S. government was being converted to a national-security state, targeted Iran with its first regime-change operation. And guess…

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Cables From Secret CIA Black Site Read Like Gina Haspel’s Torture Journal

  Cables From Secret CIA Black Site Read Like Gina Haspel’s Torture Journal

Government cables reported in the New York Times on Friday “read like torture journaling,” critics said after reviewing the “loud noise, sleep deprivation, forced nudity, wall-slamming, and waterboarding” that CIA interrogators used on an al-Qaida suspect in 2002 at a secret prison run by Gina Haspel, whom the Senate confirmed as agency chief in May despite widespread outrage over her torturous record. Gina Haspel ran the secret CIA…

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How Security Clearances Perpetuate Top-Level Corruption in the United States

  How Security Clearances Perpetuate Top-Level Corruption in the United States

President Donald Trump is threatening to take away the security clearances of a number of former senior intelligence and security officers who have been extremely critical of him. Most Americans were unaware that any ex-officials continued to hold clearances after they retired and the controversy has inevitably raised the question why that should be so. Unfortunately, there…

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A Tribute to American Patriot and Investigative Journalist Robert Parry

  A Tribute to American Patriot and Investigative Journalist Robert Parry

Robert (Bob) Parry was born in 1949 and died suddenly from pancreatic cancer in January 2018. An enthusiastic tribute to him and his work was recently held in Berkeley California. A video of the event is online here. Although Robert Parry never became personally famous, many readers will recall news stories he played a key…

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Like It or Not, Trump Is Systematically Eliminating the Imperial Capitalist Order

  Like It or Not, Trump Is Systematically Eliminating the Imperial Capitalist Order

In 1916, during the First World War, Lenin analyzed the reasons which led to the confrontation between the empires of his time. He wrote – Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism. In this book, he clarified his analysis – « Imperialism is capitalism which has arrived at a stage of its development where domination by monopolies…

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Amazon’s Fusion With the State Shows Neoliberalism’s Drift to Neo-Fascism

  Amazon’s Fusion With the State Shows Neoliberalism’s Drift to Neo-Fascism

In Part 1 of our investigative series on Surveillance Capitalism, MPN spoke to author Yasha Levine and Monthly Review editor John Bellamy Foster about the rise of the Amazon.com empire and its fusion with the U.S. state apparatus. In our next installments, we will continue exploring the rise of Surveillance Capitalism and the implications of…

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