* BILL MOYERS ESSAY: THE COWARDLY LIONS OF ‘FREE SPEECH’
Source: Bill Moyers and Company
Bill Moyers explains how last week’s Supreme Court decision not to reconsider Citizens United exposes the hoax that Citizens United was ever about “free” speech. In reality, Bill says, it’s about carpet bombing elections “with all the tonnage your rich paymasters want to buy.”
* SPAIN’S M15, PRECURSOR TO OCCUPY MOVEMENT, HAILS PROBE OF EX-IMF CHIEF
By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
A major force pushing for ex-IMF and Bankia chief Rodrigo Rato’s prosecution has been the May 15 Movement, or M15, known around the world as the “indignados.” Organized largely through social media, the M15 launched massive protests in Spain over unemployment, corruption and political stagnation. In Madrid, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman interviews Stéphane Grueso, an activist and filmmaker who is making a documentary about the M15 movement. Responding to the news of Rato’s investigation, Grueso says: “Finally it happens that, maybe, eventually, one of his kind maybe is going to pay. Because we citizens, we have this impression that none of these big guys have any problem, never. They do what they want. They steal. They lie. And [nothing ever] happens. Well, now, today, maybe [something] is starting to happen.”
* WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE MEXICAN ELECTIONS, EXPLAINED
As a famously corrupt party returns to power, student protests have gained steam and sparked a vote recount.
By Ian Gordon and Maddie Oatman, Mother Jones
The basics: On July 1, our neighbors to the south held a presidential election. In a stinging rebuke to the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and President Felipe Calderón—whose six-year term has been marked by an increasingly violent drug war and a lagging economy—Mexicans elected Enrique Peña Nieto, a former governor from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which controlled Mexico from 1929 to 2000. Like Calderón in 2006, Peña Nieto received less than 40 percent of the vote but still beat Andrés Manuel López Obrador, an old-school leftist from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and former mayor of Mexico City. (Josefina Vázquez Mota, the PAN candidate, finished third.) While the result was long seen as a foregone conclusion (Peña Nieto led in the polls throughout the election), López Obrador closed the gap in the final weeks of the campaign thanks in part to a growing student movement fed up with the Televisa-TV Azteca television duopoly, which runs 95 percent of the country’s stations and which a June 7 Guardian report claimed favored PRI candidates over their PRD counterparts.
What’s happened since the election: In Peña Nieto’s victory speech, he promised to try to meet the demands of those that voted against him and applauded the election for being an authentic democratic fiesta. López Obrador, who garnered 31 percent of the vote, was quick to write off the election as a sham, alleging that it “was plagued with irregularities before, during, and after the process.” Protesters, many of them belonging to the mostly student movement YoSoy132 (see below), took to the streets in Mexico City and across the country the next day in an “anti-fraud” march. Videos of the protests flooded YouTube; in one, marchers’ demands in an underpass—México votó, Peña no ganó!—translate to: “Mexico voted, Peña didn’t win!”
In the days after the election, during what’s now being dubbed “SorianaGate,” the arrival of hundreds of shoppers with prepaid gift cards—supposedly handed out by the PRI campaign—at the Soriana grocery chain around Mexico City sparked suspicion that the PRI had bought votes, though Peña Nieto denied his party’s involvement, questioning the credibility of online videos of the Soriana shoppers and claiming they were orchestrated. On July 5, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) announced that it planned to recount votes at more than half of the country’s polling stations, citing inconsistencies. The final results, including the recount, could be in by this Sunday, but the IFE has until September 6 to declare a winner, and the recount could be long and expensive. […]
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* MAINSTREAM ECONOMIST: WE MIGHT NEED TO HANG SOME BANKSTERS TO STOP CRIMINAL LOOTING
Source: Washington’s Blog
Nobel prize winning economist Joe Stiglitz – and many other experts – have said nothing will change unless dishonest bankers are jailed. […]
[…] Roubini told Bloomberg that nothing has changed since the start of the financial crisis, and we might need to throw bankers in jail – or hang them in the streets – before they’ll change:
Nobody has gone to jail since the financial crisis. The banks, they do things that are illegal and at best they slap on them a fine. If some people end up in jail, maybe that will teach a lesson to somebody. Or somebody hanging in the streets. […]
* REVOLUTION 2012: IT’S TIME TO RISE
The two worst common crimes a government can commit are unlawful war and economic enslavement.
The facts show the US is guilty of both. The challenge for the 99% of humanity who reject crimes of death and debt-fraud is to support humanity’s intellectual integrity and moral courage to enforce basic laws.
* THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY FOR NATO’s HOLY WAR
By Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is running out of rhetorical ammunition in the US’s Holy War against Syria. Perhaps it’s the strain of launching a NATO war bypassing the UN Security Council. Perhaps it’s the strain of being eaten for breakfast routinely by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Hillary has just called on “Western powers” and their Arab stooges – the NATOGCC compound  that passes for the “international community” – to “make it clear that Russia and China will pay a price because they are holding up progress” regarding weaponized regime change in Syria.
In non-newspeak, this means, “If you block our new war, there will be payback”.
Howls of laughter in the corridors of the Kremlin and the Zhongnanhai notwithstanding, this shows how desperate the NATOGCC compound is to force regime change in Syria as a stopover in cutting off Iran’s privileged connection with the Arab world. And this while Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan – leading NATO’s eastern flank – itches to attack Syria but can’t find a way to sell it to Turkish public opinion. […]