‘US thinks rules are for inferior nations, it’s in their DNA’

Kosovo’s secession demonstrated that international law is only as applicable as the force used to back it. But with Crimea now free on the wings of that precedent, the West cries foul. Why does the Western world fail to recognize parallels between Kosovo and Crimea? Is it a case of double standards or the result of decades of adversarial EU and NATO policies towards Russia? Oksana is joined by former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser to canvass these issues.

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Edward #Snowden: Here’s how we take back the #Internet ( #NSA #TED2014 #Vancouver )

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

#CNN Sickeningly Exploits Missing Plane Victims for Profit ( #MalaysianPlane #MissingPlane )

Abby Martin calls out CNN’s coverage of the missing Malaysian airliner, given non-stop speculative attention to this story whilst ignoring other important news such as ongoing protests in Turkey, the Paralympics, and the DOJ’s decision to reduce drug sentencing penalties.

Brothers in arms: TED Fellow Ed Ou shares photos of the unrest in Ukraine

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In Kiev, Ukraine, the body of a man killed during clashes between anti-government protesters and the police is carried down Independence Square in a procession on Feb. 21, 2014. After a week that saw dozens killed, opposition and government representatives reached an agreement intended to resolve the crisis. (Ed Ou/Reportage by Getty Images)

As TED Fellows arrive from all over the world to Ed Ou’s hometown of Vancouver for TED2014, Ou himself is far away in Ukraine, where he’s been since February, documenting the civil unrest and growing political tension as a freelance photographer represented by Getty. Today, he writes in to give us an inside view, sending a cache of his work to date, including video segments produced for the New York Times and images from his Instagram feed. Below, Ou answers a few of our questions.

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The World Is A Battlefield: Jeremy #Scahill on “Dirty Wars” and Obama’s Expanding #Drone Attacks ( #Obama #Wars #Terrorist )

As the Senate holds its first ever public hearing on drones and targeted killings, we turn the second part of our interview with Jeremy Scahill, author of the new book, “Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield.” Scahill charts the expanding covert wars operated by the CIA and JSOC, the Joint Special Operations Command, in countries from Somalia to Pakistan. “I called it ‘Dirty Wars’ because, particularly in the Obama administration, a lot of people are being led to believe that there is such a thing as a clean war,” Scahill says. He goes on to discuss secret operations in Africa, the targeting of U.S. citizens in Yemen and the key role WikiLeaks played in researching the book. He also reveals imprisoned whistleblower Bradley Manning once tipped him off to a story about the private security company Blackwater. Scahill is the national security correspondent for The Nation magazine and longtime Democracy Now! correspondent. For the past several years, Scahill has been working on the “Dirty Wars” film and book project, which was published on Tuesday. The film, directed by Rick Rowley, will be released in theaters in June.

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David #Petraeus Doesn’t Want to Talk About #Drones ( #War #Obama #911 )

In this video O Kenny of WeAreChange asks David Petraeus about the drone program. Does the killing of countless innocent women and children result in the creation of more terrorists?
In this video General Petraeus claims he “never talks about drones” however during his short stint as CIA Director, Petraeus requested more armed Predator drones in order to broaden the spy agency’s targeted killing program. General Petraeus fails to answer the question and is then confronted about 9/11 Truth while being escorted away from the building.