“Intelligent people know that the empire is on the downhill”: A veteran CIA agent spills the goods on the Deep State and our foreign policy nightmares
By Patrick L. Smith

I first heard Ray McGovern speak on a country road in the New England hills. This was courtesy of the admirably dedicated David Barsamian, who broadcast one of McGovern’s talks on Alternative Radio in late-2013. Reception up here being spotty, I pulled over and sat watching the autumn clouds drift by for the full hour McGovern stood at the podium of a Methodist church in Seattle. I was rapt.

What a lost pleasure it is in our indispensable nation to be in the presence of someone who thinks, acts and speaks out of conscience and conviction. Even better, these were precisely McGovern’s topics that day three years back: The necessity of careful thought, of honoring one’s inner voice, of acting out of an idea of what is right without regard to success or failure, the win-or-lose of life. One way or another, these themes run through everything he has to say, I have since discovered. At an inner-city church in Washington, McGovern teaches a course he calls “The Morality of Whistleblowing.”

After almost 30 years in the CIA, Ray McGovern became a truth-teller. He sits down with Salon for a long debriefing


If you hear someone call ISIS “Daesh,” here’s why

In the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris a number of world leaders have begun referring to the Islamic State as “Daesh.”

The terms ISIS, (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and the Islamic State all have roots in the same origin. Daesh, however, seems opaque and out of place. The reason more and more world leaders using it, however, may simply be because the Islamic State doesn’t like it.
John Kerry: America Stands With Saudi Arabia While It Commits War Crimes in Yemen
Kerry's comments came amid mounting warnings from rights groups.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday assured Saudi Arabia of the U.S. government’s unwavering support for the Gulf country’s 10-month-old military assault on neighboring Yemen.

Speaking at the Royal Air Base in Riyadh, Kerry declared, “In Yemen, we face the Houthi insurgency and the ongoing threat that is posed by al-Qaida, threats to the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

He added, “We have made it clear that we stand with our friends in Saudi Arabia.”

Part of a speech confirming the U.S.-Saudi friendship, Kerry’s statements about Yemen were largely buried by major media outlets.
Kerry: US Grateful to Iran for Swift Release of American Sailors
By Sputnik

The US government is grateful to Tehran for helping to arrange a prompt release of ten American sailors who were seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I want to express my gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter,” Kerry stated.


U.S. Flag Flies in Cuba for the First Time in 54 Years

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared a new era in relations as he celebrated restored diplomatic ties in Havana, telling Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders. Three retired Marines who last lowered the flag in 1961 took part in Friday’s ceremony, handing a new flag to the Marine Color Guard.

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