George Steinmetz’s spectacular photos show Africa from the air, taken from the world’s slowest, lightest aircraft. Join Steinmetz to discover the surprising historical, ecological and sociopolitical patterns that emerge when you go low and slow in a flying lawn chair.
This is an intriguing documentary about J Edgar Hoover, founding director of the FBI. It’s largely based on an official federal investigation that occurred shortly after Hoover’s death in 1972 and Anthony Summer’s 2013 book Official and Confidential: the Secret Life of J Edgar Hoover.
The film explores Hoover’s long track record of both low level and high level corruption. The former involved his routine use of FBI employees to drive him to private functions and to remodel and redecorate his home, as well as the routine use of taxpayer funds to pay for private vacations. The high level corruption involved his close association with Mob figures to fuel his (illegal) offtrack betting habit.
Hoover was notorious for his refusal to investigate or arrest organized crime bosses during his tenure of office. He consistently maintained the US had no national organized crime problem. This was the major cause of his three year battle with John and Bobby Kennedy – which ended in the JFK assassination.
The documentary also reveals how Hoover forced Kennedy to accept Lyndon Johnson as his running mate, by threatening to release surveillance tapes the FBI had made of JFK’s extramarital affairs.
Hoover undertook this type of illegal surveillance on most, if not, all major Washington political figures. He also routinely made it known to lawmakers when he had compromising files on them. These files made him virtually untouchable despite fairly wide knowledge of his own corrupt activities.
Hoover, in turn, was held in check by senior Mob figures who had photos of Hoover engaged in sexual relations with his lover and lifetime partner Clyde Tolson. Officially Hoover condemned homosexuality as a sexual perversion and banned gays from serving as FBI agents.
Wednesday, August 5th 2015
The sanctions imposed by Washington are “a manifestation of heinous intention to throw a wet blanket over the inter-Korean exchange and cooperation and to aggravate the situation,” the KCNA news agency said, citing an unnamed Pyongyang official.
The US should abandon its “anachronistic” policy towards the North, the official added.
On Wednesday the US Treasury Department added 16 individuals, nine entities and six ships to the North Korea sanctions blacklist. According to the Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Washington sanctions “additional oil, shipping, and trading companies that continue to provide a lifeline to North Korea to fuel this regime’s nuclear ambitions and destabilizing activities”.
The announcement of sanctions against North Korea came after last week’s summit in Vancouver, Canada dedicated to the crisis on the peninsula. Neither China nor Russia were invited to attend, and it was unclear what the summit was supposed to accomplish.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry criticized the summit, saying that it was just a “heavy-handed attempt” to undermine the decisions of the UNSC. Participants at the Vancouver summit failed to provide any alternative to the existing Chinese-Russian roadmap, the ministry added. Back in 2017, Moscow and Beijing proposed the ‘double-freeze’ plan that envisaged the US and its allies halting all major military exercises in the region in exchange for the North’s suspending its nuclear and ballistic missile program.
Abigail Suzanne “Abby” Martin (born September 6, 1984) is an American journalist and presenter of The Empire Files, an investigative news program on the satellite network teleSUR English and YouTube. She was formerly the host of Breaking the Set on the Russian network RT America, working from the Washington, D.C. bureau. Before hosting her own show, she had worked for two years as a correspondent for RT America.
Martin is also an artist and activist, and helped found the citizen journalism website Media Roots. She serves on the board of directors for the Media Freedom Foundation which manages Project Censored. Martin appeared in the documentary film Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News (2013), and co-directed 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013).