From a deprived and segregated childhood in Alabama to becoming the most powerful woman in the world: Condoleezza Rice cuts an extraordinary and enigmatic figure. This incisive doc tells a mesmerising Faustian tale of a woman whose pursuit of power destroyed her core values and rocketed America into a fateful new direction. Leading her own defence through a series of candid interviews, this is political biography like no other.
Growing up in the heart of the Black Civil Rights resistance, Rice came of age amidst violence and racial oppression; “it was awful”, she recalls. Desperate to escape, it was at university that Rice discovered her political ambitions: “I remember the exact lecture that won me over. It was about how Stalin had consolidated his power. I thought; this is terrific”. Under the wing of her professor, she became a realist; “realists believe that all that matters in the world is power.” She quickly abandoned her engagement to football star, Rick Upchurch, when an opportunity to work in Washington arose. “She chose power over love” he muses.
Early on in her career Rice stood out as a ruthless leader. Critics describe how as a board member of Chevron she wilfully overlooked evidence of the violent abuse of Ogoni tribesmen in her drive to expand the company. Meanwhile, she jumped back and forth from Democrat to Republican: “her goal was to always be in a seat of power”. But it was her “unusual relationship” with Republican candidate George Bush that was to skyrocket her career. He quickly chose her as his National Security Advisor when he was named President in 2000, catapulting her into a position widely acknowledged to be, “out of her league”.
“On January 24th 2001, I wrote a memo to Condoleezza Rice asking urgently for a cabinet level meeting to deal with an impending al-Qaeda attack”, says Richard Clarke, Chief Counter Terrorism Advisor at the time. The briefing, which said multiple attacks were imminent, “did not move from her desk”. The catastrophic result on September 11th 2001 led to, “a complete break from the ideas she had held for decades”. Her personal quest for control became embroiled in “George Bush’s idealism” and her “humble” foreign policy quickly turned into a mouthpiece for war.
According to Clarke, in the wake of 9/11 Rice repeatedly rejected CIA reports that the attacks were not linked to Iraq. Instead she endorsed “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as water boarding in an attempt to obtain information that would justify an invasion, driven blindly forward by Bush’s ideals. It would ultimately lead to a downward spiral of misinformation, international torture networks and mercenaries directly employed by Rice being accused of drunkenly massacring innocent Iraqis.
“I think it was recognised by Condoleezza Rice that they had made a pact with the Devil.” From the little girl who wanted to be a concert pianist to the woman accused of war crimes, this doc is a startling portrait of a life led by opportunism at any cost.
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September 30, 2015: GOP Presidential candidate and front-runner Donald J. Trump was back in New Hampshire today and gave a speech to a fired up crowd in Keene. Trump held nothing back tonight, even calling Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush’s relationship ‘bull****’. Must-see speech!
Full Speech: Donald Trump Speaks in Keene, NH (9-30-15)
Officials say at least 24 people have died as a result of recent flooding in West Virginia and more rain is forecast for some of the hardest hit areas. Jillian Kitchener reports. (Reuters /BNO News) Video Rating: / 5
In our news wrap Monday, a new round of storms pounded West Virginia, where more than 20 counties braced for additional flooding. Since last week, floods have killed nearly two dozen people across the state. Also, a California wildfire consumed 250 homes and other buildings, stoked by record-breaking heat and ongoing drought.
In the past the deceased have won elections, but in West Virgina a convicted felon trailed President Obama in the state’s Democratic primary. Keith Judd, who is serving a 17 and a half year prison sentence, took 41 percent of West Virginia’s democratic primary votes, but couldn’t beat Obama’s 59 percent. Ann Larson, activist for Occupy Student Debt Campaign, joins us for more on Obama.
This video shows how Legal Aid is a Scam. When you have a liar, (lawyer) it gives jurisdiction to the so-called court, and since the lawyer is an officer of the court, the interests of the court supersede the interests of the client. The liar (lawyer) will sit there and fail to object to testifying by the prosecutor, fail to object to the hearsay evidence, fail to object to the prosecutorial misconduct. It is nothing more than a commercial transaction, and a satanic religious ceremony.
Welcome to the National Right To Work’s Weekly Wrap-up for the Third Week of February. It has have been a busy week with action in Wisconsin, Utah, Delaware, and Illinois.
In Wisconsin, a Greenwood teacher won a settlement from the National Education Association (NEA) for refusing to honor her rights under Scott Walker’s Act 10 and for refusing to follow constitutional disclosure requirements.
Amy Anaya was repeatedly told by NEA union officials approached her that she “had to” sign the union’s membership form. Anaya had no desire to become a member of the union.
Under Wisconsin’s Act 10 most government employees have the right to refrain from paying any union dues or fees as a condition of their employment.
Despite this and the union’s failure to provide U.S. Supreme Court-mandated constitutional protections, the school district deducted full union dues from her paychecks for the entire year.
In Utah, Progress Rail Services Corporation management and Machinists union officials have violated Utah’s popular Right to Work Law enacted in 1955.
With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, four workers — Bryan Rees, James Rogers, Richard Simone, and Jason Wilson — filed their lawsuit against Progress Rail and Machinists union.
Machinist union officials negotiated a contract with Progress Rail that gave them monopoly bargaining powers over the workplace.
Included in the contract is a forced dues clause that requires all covered employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. However, under Utah’s Right to Work law, workers cannot be compelled to pay union dues or fees to get or keep a job.
All four workers were denied their Right To Work and are seeking refunds of illegally confiscated dues.
In Wilmington, Delaware, trash collecting can be a dirty business when Teamsters union bosses refuse to follow federal disclosure requirements. Employee Brian Overby of Republic Services, a trash collection provider, exercised his right to refrain from joining the Teamsters union, but because Delaware is a compulsory unionism state, he was still forced to pay slightly reduced union dues.
With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, Overby filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) because union officials provided Overby union financial records, to justify the small reduction in his forced dues amount, no evidence of an independent audit was provided.
Union officials also failed to provide a federally-required breakdown of the union affiliates’ expenditures. Union officials demanded that Overby pay for half of the costs of an arbitrator if he wanted to challenge the amount of forced union fees he must pay.
In Chicago, Illinois, with free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, Two Riva Restaurant servers Alicia Magallon and Raul Martinez filed the charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Unite-Here and Riva Restaurant for violating their rights, forcing them to pay thousands of dollars in back union dues, and then firing them from their jobs.
The servers charge that UNITE-HERE union officials never informed them that they must pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment or about their rights to refrain from full dues paying union membership.
Instead, Unite-Here union officials demanded that Magallon and Martinez pay full union dues dating back to 2007, a total of over ,000. Unite Here union officials coerced the two servers with the threat of job termination into signing an illegal 60-day payment plan with a waiver of their rights. The two servers managed to pay off the back union dues and an additional 7 penalty.
However, soon after making all the payments, union officials demanded the two be fired for failing to pay union dues and Riva Restaurant terminated them from their jobs.
The two servers have since been rehired but have lost their seniority at the workplace due to their firings.
Our last case for this week takes us to Long Beach, California, where a Long Beach Memorial Medical Center nurse, Pamela Ott, has filed a federal unfair labor practice charge against the California Nurses Association union for illegally demanding union dues even though she is not a member of the union.
Ott resigned formal union membership in and invoked her right to refrain from paying full union dues to the California Nurses Association union, but because California is not a Right To Work state, Ott can still be forced to pay reduced dues.
In an extra twist, beginning in October 2011 until June of 2012, CNA union officials did not have a monopoly bargaining contract with Long Beach Memorial and therefore did not have monopoly bargaining powers to demand Ott and her colleagues pay union dues as a condition of their employment.
Despite this contract window, CNA union officials demanded Ott pay union dues even during the time that the union did not have a contract.