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Stein discusses Democratic debate, Snowden on Democracy Now!

steindnGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, appearing on Democracy Now!, said Tuesday evening’s presidential debate “was not a new day for the Democratic Party. It was enriching. It was wonderful to see the focus on economic justice, and that was very welcome. But there it was taking place in the luxury Wynn Hotel in Nevada, and this is where we’re having a discussion about economic justice. And Hillary Clinton, as sort of the dominant voice in the debate, is a little hard to believe. She’s sort of talking out of both sides of her mouth: She wants to go against Wall Street, but she won’t support Glass-Steagall…the law that separated speculative banking from everyday consumer banking. … Glass-Steagall was repealed under the Clinton Administration and needs to be brought back.”

On foreign policy, Stein said, “What was said was really pretty uniform. It was all kind of in the mode of the tough-guy, American-militarist approach to foreign policy. And there was this incredible cognitive disconnect. You know, the Middle East is going up in flames. We have about five failed states right now, going on many more. And we have created ISIS. And the thinking is that we can fix ISIS by doing more of what created ISIS. And there was absolutely no meaningful dialogue about this quagmire that we are plunging into headlong.”

Stein was also asked for her thoughts on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Stein said, “I think he has paid more than his due. He performed an incredible service. While he broke a law, technically, he also served a much higher constitutional law which was being broken. I think he should be welcomed home as a hero. And I think Chelsea Manning as well ought to be recognized as the hero that she is, and I would say the same for Julian Assange. We owe them all a great debt of gratitude.”

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Snowden to testify in European Parliament following Green Party resolution

File image shows NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defence contractor, being interviewed by The Guardian in his hotel room in Hong KongFrom Common Dreams:

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower indicted by the United States government, is slated to testify by video to the European Parliament later this month about the mass surveillance of EU citizens.

Jan Philipp Albrecht, German member of the European Parliament, announced Thursday that Snowden will present to the Committee on Legal Affairs possibly as early as December 18,Deutche Welle reports.

Snowden’s statement, and his responses to questions provided in advance, will be pre-recorded and shown by video, due to the danger that a live stream could reveal his location,EU Observer reports.

The Green Party of the European Parliament passed a resolution in July calling for Snowden to testify about NSA spying. Continue Reading

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Green Shadow Cabinet on Trayvon Martin, Edward Snowden, student loans, and more

green shadow cabinetFrom the Green Shadow Cabinet:

Trayvon Martin. Edward Snowden. White House corruption. Bad economic news. Student loan rates double.

But we keep on moving forward. The Green Shadow Cabinet responded to all the difficult news with defiance and a clear direction, as well as a notice that we are hiring new staff.

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Green Party urges mass protest against “adversarial government”, end to National Surveillance State initiated under Bush, expanded under Obama

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party today called for a mass movement to demand the dismantling of the National Surveillance State created by the National Security Agency, CIA, and Justice Department with President Obama’s approval.

Greens also called for a halt to the prosecution of whistleblowers, including Pfc. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, who complied with international laws to which the U.S. is signatory when they exposed war crimes, as well as government and corporate criminality in the U.S. and abroad, and for no action against whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald.

“President Obama and Congress members who are defending this kind of mass surveillance don’t understand that adversarial government that turns millions of Americans into potential enemies is the opposite of democracy, freedom, and the rule of law,” said Carl Romanelli, 2006 U.S. Senate candidate in Pennsylvania and member of Green Party’s International Committee. Continue Reading