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The net tightens

In 2012, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal found former US President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld and five of their legal advisers, guilty of war crimes. Since then a growing number of countries have become "off limits" to the likes of Bush for fear of being arrested as a war criminal. Obama is guilty of similar crimes to Bush (such as torture, drone strikes, targeted assassinations etc.) but as a serving president is unlikely to be similarly constrained until he leaves office. If Obama were to be indicted, it would be a strange irony in the context of the Nobel Peace Prize he received.

World Wide Arrest Warrants Issued For Bush And Obama 2013 (12 minute video)

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Psychology of Wealth

Daily Pickings highlighted income and wealth inequality last November and pointed to the work of Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett on the malign effects of inequality based on statistical data. Their book, The Spirit Level, shows the correlation between many measures of well being and equality, ie above a certain base income level, more equal societies have better outcomes in terms of health, mortality and other measures.

Research from the University of California, Berkeley illustrates how wealth and inequality affects us psychologically. The results are quite startling - this 10 minute video reveals the psychological impact of relative wealth.

'Pernicious' Effects of Economic Inequality

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Recognition for Snowden from fellow whistleblowers

A growing band of whistleblowers acknowledge Edward Snowden's contribution to freedom and democracy. 

Whilstleblowers Blast NSA Programs, Award Snowden

Hat tip to Arvind for this

Which democracy is valid

When an elected president is deposed and the military take over control, it is normally referred to as a "military coup". Not in the case of Egypt it seems.

When is a Military Coup Not a Military Coup? When it Happens in Egypt, Apparently By Robert Fisk

Those Western leaders who are telling us Egypt is still on the path to “democracy” have to remember that Morsi was indeed elected in a real, Western-approved election

 

US Egypt Policies Don’t Pass the Laugh Test By Rep. Ron Paul