Heather Wokusch

Heather Wokusch

Heather Wokusch is an author and educator based in Europe. She can be reached via www.heatherwokusch.com

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Sign reads: Don't shoot the messenger. Free Assange Views
Thursday, November 22, 2018
The Case Against WikiLeaks Is a Crisis for the First Amendment
The Justice Department has prepared criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is working behind the scenes to have him extradited to the United States. Press freedom and the right to dissent may hang in the balance. The criminal charges were accidentally revealed last week when...
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has said Assange should be treated like an enemy combatant, while Hillary Clinton has wondered if he could be killed by a drone. (Photo: newsonline/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, November 12, 2018
Killing the Messenger: Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit
When telling the truth is a revolutionary act, journalists and whistleblowers are targets. When politicians attack freedom of speech, media becomes weaponized. And here we are. How ironic that the government of Turkish President Erdoğan is postured as truth-leaker in the apparent gruesome murder of...
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What's with all of the hawks in your new administration? You presented yourself as a peace candidate and then chose Joe Biden as your VP. Yes, he brought in the white male vote, but he also backed the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. Views
Friday, November 21, 2008
You're Scaring Me, Obama: Let the Bush Years Die
To be honest, Obama, you lost me when you voted for the PATRIOT Act reauthorization in 2006. You lost me again when you voted for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendment in 2008. And you lost me every single time you voted for yet more war funding. Don't even get me started on your vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. I cast a ballot for you in November, but I just can't share in this moment of collective euphoria over your election.
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Chemical weapons testing at Edgewood Arsenal, 1936 Views
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Breaking the Nuremberg Code: The US Military's Human-Testing Program Returns
The Pentagon is slated to release a suspected toxicant in Crystal City, Virginia this week, ostensibly to test air sensors.The operation is just the latest example of the Defense Department's long history of using service members and civilians as human test subjects, often without their consent or...
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Pope Benedict XVI talks to President George W. Bush upon his arrival as he is escorted by a joint honor guard April 15 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The pope is visiting the United States for a week and will meet with President Bush at the White House, address the presidents of Roman Catholic colleges and universities, and celebrate Mass at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., and Yankee Stadium in New York City. The pontiff was selected as the 265th pope on April 19, 2005. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airm Views
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Pope Versus President
The Vatican's recent snub of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is only the latest salvo in the battle between Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush. This tug of war has profound implications for both U.S. foreign policy and the critical Catholic vote in 2008's presidential race...
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In May 2013, protesters marched in Washington D.C. to demand that government hold the "too big to jail" banks accountable for the ongoing home foreclosure crisis. (Photo: Stephen D. Melkisethian/ cc via Flickr) Views
Monday, August 27, 2007
How the Bush Administration Is Turning the USA into a Subprime Borrower
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." - George W Bush Much in the same way that US investors were "steered" into rip-off mortgage loans, the entire country has been "steered" into...
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Sentient World Simulation Views
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Welcome to the Jungle: US Military Psychological Operations and You
"...the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other." - Benjamin Franklin, 1787 They say that if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water it will immediately jump out, but that if you raise the pot's heat gradually, the frog won't react. The US...
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On July 17th, The White House quietly announced an Executive Order entitled "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq." Among other developments, it gives Bush the power to "block" the property of people in the US found to "pose a significant risk of committing" an act of violence which might undermine "political reform in Iraq." Views
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Under the Radar: Ten Warning Signs for Today
1. Protest war, lose your property? On July 17th, The White House quietly announced an Executive Order entitled "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq." Among other developments, it gives Bush the power to "block" the property of people in the US found to "...
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The G8 leaders at the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, Germany Thursday June 7, 2007. From Left to Right:  British Prime Minister Tony Blair,  Russian President Vladimir Putin,  European Commission President Juan Manuel Barroso, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, President George W. Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. G8 Photo Views
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Yet Another G8 Farce
Few expect the G8 summit taking place in Heiligendamm, Germany from June 6-8 to yield positive results. The main question is how much damage Bush will do to US international standing during these three days. At last year's G8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, Bush made headlines by groping German...
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A classic example occurred when US forces destroyed a chemical munitions dump in Khamisiyah, Iraq in March 1991. The US Defense Department (DoD) initially denied the dangers but backtracked in 1997 after a UN Special Commission investigation proved that sarin gas had been released during the demolition. Views
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Poisoning the Troops, Again
The Pentagon has a disturbing pattern of withholding information on the impact of chemical/biological weapons and other toxins on US service members. As a result, veterans are often told that their debilitating symptoms are "in their head" and can go decades without receiving medical help. That's...
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